Actual Patient Darren

Individual results may vary. Darren was compensated for his time.

The connection between skin and joints

Your skin and joints have much more in common than you may think. In fact, the same inflammation that causes skin plaques can produce joint pain, stiffness, and other symptoms. These symptoms indicate a form of arthritis called psoriatic arthritis.

Moderate 31% Severe 46%

31% of people with moderate psoriasis and 46% of people with severe psoriasis reported developing psoriatic arthritis


Psoriasis Plaques

About 85% of people with psoriatic arthritis experience psoriasis symptoms before psoriatic arthritis symptoms

Like psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune condition. When the immune system attacks healthy cells, the result can be inflammation. In psoriasis, this inflammation causes an overproduction of skin cells, leading to plaques. In psoriatic arthritis, the inflammation causes swollen and painful joints and tendons.

A delay in diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis by as little as 6 months can lead to permanent joint damage. If you think you have symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, make sure to talk to your doctor.

To understand more about the connection between plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, SEE Real Talk from dermatologist Dr. Weinberg and Cyndi.



What are the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis?

symptoms of psoriatic arthritis diagram

“For me, psoriatic arthritis affected my major joints. My hips, shoulders, arms, feet, and ankles.”


“I had a very sharp pain on my heel. And also in my lower back.”


“My fingers were so swollen I couldn’t make a full fist.”


“My plaque psoriasis started in small areas as a teenager. As I aged, it progressed. I was about 80% covered.” 


“The pain was a lot for me, especially in the evening.”


“I was misdiagnosed for a while. The inflammation eventually caused some deformity.”

COSENTYX® treats both conditions

It’s not always easy to explain to your doctor how you feel.

To help you out, we have created a conversation starter you can download.

Actual Patient Darren
Actual Patient

Individual results may vary. Darren was compensated for his time.

“I had skin plaques, but I had joint pain, too. Finding the right treatment was a game-changer for me.”

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COSENTYX® (secukinumab) is a prescription medicine used to treat adults:

  • with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis that involves large areas or many areas of the body, and who may benefit from taking injections or pills (systemic therapy) or phototherapy (treatment using ultraviolet or UV light, alone or with systemic therapy)

  • with active psoriatic arthritis

  • with active ankylosing spondylitis

Important Safety Information

Do not use COSENTYX if you have had a severe allergic reaction to secukinumab or any of the other ingredients in COSENTYX. See the Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients.

COSENTYX is a medicine that affects your immune system. COSENTYX may increase your risk of having serious side effects such as:


COSENTYX may lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections and may increase your risk of infections.

  • Your doctor should check you for tuberculosis (TB) before starting treatment with COSENTYX.
  • If your doctor feels that you are at risk for TB, you may be treated with medicine for TB before you begin treatment with COSENTYX and during treatment with COSENTYX.
  • Your doctor should watch you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment with COSENTYX. Do not take COSENTYX if you have an active TB infection.

Before starting COSENTYX, tell your doctor if you:

  • are being treated for an infection
  • have an infection that does not go away or that keeps coming back
  • have TB or have been in close contact with someone with TB
  • think you have an infection or have symptoms of an infection, such as: fevers, sweats, or chills; muscle aches; cough; shortness of breath; blood in your phlegm; weight loss; warm, red, or painful skin or sores on your body; diarrhea or stomach pain; burning when you urinate or urinate more often than normal

After starting COSENTYX, call your doctor right away if you have any signs of infection listed above. Do not use COSENTYX if you have any signs of infection unless you are instructed to by your doctor.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

New cases of inflammatory bowel disease or “flare-ups” can happen with COSENTYX, and can sometimes be serious. If you have inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease), tell your doctor if you have worsening disease symptoms during treatment with COSENTYX or develop new symptoms of stomach pain or diarrhea.

Serious Allergic Reactions

Serious allergic reactions can occur. Get emergency medical help right away if you get any of the following symptoms: feeling faint; swelling of your face, eyelids, lips, mouth, tongue, or throat; trouble breathing or throat tightness; chest tightness; or skin rash. If you have a severe allergic reaction, do not give another injection of COSENTYX.  

Before starting COSENTYX, tell your doctor if you:

  • have any of the conditions or symptoms listed above for infections

  • have inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)

  • are allergic to latex. The needle caps contain latex.

  • have recently received or are scheduled to receive an immunization (vaccine). People who take COSENTYX should not receive live vaccines.

  • have any other medical conditions

  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if COSENTYX can harm your unborn baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will use COSENTYX.

  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if COSENTYX passes into your breast milk.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

How should I use COSENTYX?

See the detailed Instructions for Use that comes with your COSENTYX for information on how to prepare and inject a dose of COSENTYX, and how to properly throw away (dispose of) used COSENTYX Sensoready® pens and prefilled syringes.

  • Use COSENTYX exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

  • If your doctor decides that you or a caregiver may give your injections of COSENTYX at home, you should receive training on the right way to prepare and inject COSENTYX. Do not try to inject COSENTYX yourself, until you or your caregiver has been shown how to inject COSENTYX by your doctor or nurse.

The most common side effects of COSENTYX include: cold symptoms, diarrhea, and upper respiratory infections. These are not all of the possible side effects of COSENTYX. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

 Please see full Prescribing Information, including Medication Guide.