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SHARING EXPERIENCES WITH PSORIASIS HELPS US WORK THROUGH IT TOGETHER

Psoriasis causes so many challenges for people beyond just symptoms. Cyndi Lauper talks with award-winning chef Aaron Sanchez, actress and New York Times best-selling author La La Anthony, Emmy winning actor, author, and producer Dan Bucatinsky and several of our real patient advocates living with PsO, about living with psoriasis, obstacles they’ve faced, and what they wish people knew. Hear how they overcame their challenges, and pick up some tips on the way. Share their stories and your own using #PsOintheKnow.

Cyndi is an actual patient who has taken COSENTYX and has been compensated for her time.

Indication

COSENTYX® (secukinumab) is a prescription medicine used to treat people 6 years of age and older 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).

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:

Infections

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

  • 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; skin rash or hives (red, itchy bumps). 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 cap on the COSENTYX Sensoready® 150 mg/mL pen and the 150 mg/mL and 75 mg/0.5 mL prefilled syringes contain latex.
  • have recently received or are scheduled to receive an immunization (vaccine). People who take COSENTYX should not receive live vaccines. Children should be brought up to date with all vaccines before starting COSENTYX.
  • 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 healthcare provider decides that you or your 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 www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Medication Guide.

PsO in the Know with Cyndi Lauper

PsO in the Know is a podcast that shines a light on the experiences the more than 8 million Americans living with psoriasis (PsO) may have. Hosted by Grammy, Tony, and Emmy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and PsO advocate, Cyndi Lauper, the episodes feature interviews with a diverse mix of celebrities, advocates, and everyday patients living with PsO about the impact the condition has on their day-to-day life.

On this episode of PsO in the Know, Cyndi speaks with Rhett McLaughlin, fellow podcaster, best-selling author, and cohost of the hilarious and extremely popular YouTube series, Good Mythical Morning. Rhett and Cyndi discuss the importance of educating yourself about psoriasis, share their psoriasis triggers, and talk about Rhett’s comedic journey with his lifelong friend turned business partner, Link Neal. Learn more at PsOintheKnow.com

PsO in the Know with Cyndi Lauper

PsO in the Know is a podcast that shines a light on the experiences the more than 8 million Americans living with psoriasis (PsO) may have. Hosted by Grammy, Tony, and Emmy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and PsO advocate, Cyndi Lauper, the episodes feature interviews with a diverse mix of celebrities, advocates, and everyday patients living with PsO about the impact the condition has on their day-to-day life.

On this episode of PsO in the Know, Cyndi speaks with Grammy award-winning singer, actress, author, and Wholly Human podcast host, LeAnn Rimes. LeAnn and Cyndi speak about their shared experience of managing and attempting to hide their psoriasis on and off the stage, discuss various self-care methods, and talk about how they’ve come to accept and embrace their psoriasis. Learn more at PsOintheKnow.com

PsO in the Know with Cyndi Lauper

PsO in the Know is a podcast that shines a light on the experiences the more than 8 million Americans living with psoriasis (PsO) may have. Hosted by Grammy, Tony, and Emmy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and PsO advocate, Cyndi Lauper, the episodes feature interviews with a diverse mix of celebrities, advocates, and everyday patients living with PsO about the impact the condition has on their day-to-day life.

On this episode of PsO in the Know, Cyndi speaks with well-known, Kenyan journalist, communications specialist and former CNN news anchor, Zain Verjee, who has worked with some of the most influential media groups in the world. Zain and Cyndi discuss their extremely interesting, yet quite different career paths, talk about the incredible advocacy work they have done, and share stories about their struggles and perseverance throughout their psoriasis journeys. Learn more at PsOintheKnow.com

PsO in the Know with Cyndi Lauper

PsO in the Know is a podcast that shines a light on the experiences the more than 8 million Americans living with psoriasis (PsO) may have. Hosted by Grammy, Tony, and Emmy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and PsO advocate, Cyndi Lauper, the episodes feature interviews with a diverse mix of celebrities, advocates, and everyday patients living with PsO about the impact the condition has on their day-to-day life.

On this episode of PsO in the Know, Cyndi speaks with Emmy-nominated television personality, star of Netflix’s Queer Eye, New York Times best-selling author, podcaster, and hairstylist to the stars, Jonathan Van Ness. They share stories about uncomfortable styling moments while dealing with a PsO flare, their journeys to success in the entertainment industry, and the importance of caring for your skin and practicing self-love. Learn more at PsOintheKnow.com

Before I got my COVID-19 vaccine, I had plenty of questions about it. “Is it safe? Does it work? Can I get it while I’m taking COSENTYX (secukinumab)?” I mean, when you have a condition like psoriasis, and you’re taking a treatment like COSENTYX, staying the course is really important. Trust me, I know. So, I talked to my doctor about it—that’s the best person to go to with questions like this. After he said it was safe for me, we decided that I should go for it. And here’s the best part, I didn’t have to stop my COSENTYX treatment to get it. If you are taking, or thinking about taking COSENTYX, talk to your doctor about the COVID-19 vaccine.

On this episode of PsO in the Know, Cyndi speaks with psoriasis advocate and lifestyle blogger, Sabrina Skiles. Cyndi and Sabrina give tips for psoriasis-friendly clothing fabrics; talk about living in various unique parts of the US from tropical Hawaii to the "Mile High City" of Colorado; discuss the environmental factors of psoriasis triggers; and share advice on how to be a mentor within the psoriasis community.

On this episode of PsO in the Know, Cyndi speaks with Emmy Award-winning actor, writer, and producer, Dan Bucatinsky. Cyndi and Dan talk about making your way to stardom by adapting, pivoting, and turning corners you may not necessarily have envisioned; exchange stories about parenting while leading busy careers in show business; and give sound advice on how to maintain a positive attitude while managing PsO.

On this episode of PsO in the Know, Cyndi speaks with actress, writer, musician and psoriasis (PsO) patient advocate, Ciena Rae Nelson. They share stories about some of their worst PsO flare-ups and how they have impacted their careers, discuss the various ways others can advocate for PsO patients, talk about the importance of finding a PsO treatment plan that works best for you, and advise people with PsO to never give up hope.

PsO in the Know is a podcast that shines a light on the experiences the more than 8 million Americans living with psoriasis (PsO) may have. Hosted by Grammy, Tony, and Emmy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and PsO advocate, Cyndi Lauper, the episodes feature interviews with a diverse mix of celebrities, advocates and everyday patients living with PsO about the impact the condition has on their day-to-day life.

On this episode of PsO in the Know, Cyndi speaks with essential worker and Freemont, Ohio native, Jarrid Marroquin. They talk about the often difficult process of diagnosing psoriasis and finding the right doctor, share how stress has affected their PsO, and discuss the major advances in the treatment of psoriasis over the years.

On this episode of PsO in the Know, Cyndi speaks with actress, New York Times best-selling author, and TV personality La La Anthony. They share their “road to fame” backstories, talk about their careers in the entertainment industry, exchange stories of both trendy and out-of-the-box ways they have covered up psoriasis (PsO) flare ups, delve into the topic of relationships, and discuss the importance of speaking out about PsO.

PsO in the Know is a podcast that shines a light on the experiences the more than 8 million Americans living with psoriasis (PsO) may have. Hosted by Grammy, Tony, and Emmy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and PsO advocate, Cyndi Lauper, the episodes feature interviews with a diverse mix of celebrities, advocates and everyday patients living with PsO about the impact the condition has on their day-to-day life.

On this episode of PsO in the Know, Cyndi speaks with award-winning Chef Aarón Sánchez. They share their experiences managing PsO while working in the spotlight, delve into the art of cooking, discuss their personal psoriasis “food triggers,” and talk about the power of finding a doctor who specializes in psoriasis.

PsO in the Know is a podcast that shines a light on the experiences the more than 8 million Americans living with psoriasis (PsO) may have. Hosted by Grammy, Tony, and Emmy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and PsO advocate, Cyndi Lauper, the episodes feature interviews with a diverse mix of celebrities, advocates and everyday patients living with PsO about the impact the condition has on their day-to-day life.

On this episode of PsO in the Know, Cyndi speaks with former professional ballerina and PsO advocate Melissa Leeolou. They discuss their experiences dealing with PsO while working in the performance industry, dive into the topic of “feeling comfortable in your own skin,” and talk about the importance of finding the right support system.

In the workplace, the incorrect thinking that plaque psoriasis is contagious or that it's not a "real" disease can lead to serious discrimination. Sometimes, teaching an employer or company the basic facts about psoriasis can resolve the problem. But when it doesn't, you've got to KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AND SPEAK UP. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are on your side. Learn more about both at The National Psoriasis Foundation.

To take care of business when you have plaque psoriasis, you need to first take care of YOU. So when you're on the job, follow these tips instead of trying to "work through the pain" of psoriasis. Overdoing it can trigger exhaustion, and may make symptoms worse.

Discussing plaque psoriasis with coworkers can be scary, especially if having to miss work has any of your colleagues feeling that you are doing less than your share of the work. Fear not. The tips here can help prepare you for a healthy, productive conversation—and may even help you change how they see people with psoriasis.

In addition to using these tips to physically make working with plaque psoriasis a bit easier, remember: removing stress can make a big difference when you have psoriasis. If you work a desk job, a quick meditation session may help. If you work outdoors, try some gentle stretching and deep breathing every few hours. Or, if your job is high stress, try practicing mindfulness or learning some stress-management skills. Little changes—in your work space and in your mind—can do a lot.

Consider the tradeoffs you make every day for your plaque psoriasis. The things you have to do. The things you can't do. The things you will or won't do to get through your workday. If you're still doing too much to deal with your psoriasis at work, then maybe it's time to talk to your doctor about treatment options. Get the conversation started with this helpful discussion guide.

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Discussing your psoriasis with your boss can be challenging, especially if your condition requires you to miss time or work from home. Don’t worry, we’ve got some simple tips to ease the process.

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Join Cyndi Lauper in celebrating the power of “Hope” in her newest music video. This uplifting journey highlights the strength of our community, while showing us once again that you don’t have to feel alone when you’re living with this disease.

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I always wondered if everyone was staring…would I have to explain this again? It was hard not knowing what I could wear. “Are my knees too bad for a dress, or should I wear long sleeves to cover my arms?” These were my thoughts as a teenager and young adult. Then, my thoughts became darker. “My mother’s skin is so bad; do I look that scary? Will there ever be a solution? Will my children grow up ashamed of their mother and the way she looks?” These were my daily thoughts as I dealt with living with plaque psoriasis.

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Trying to move forward, despite my condition, has been a constant theme in my life since I was nine years old. Struggling through not just the visual aspects of this disease, but the physical aspects were difficult. I can’t remember a day when I didn’t have to answer questions about my plaque psoriasis: “What happened?” “What’s wrong with your skin?” “Can’t you just put lotion on it?” And of course, “Can I catch it?” It was overwhelming at times, as every breakout or patch demanded a new story. I felt like my whole life was on display for all to see. And all the while, I kept hoping a new medication would come out, something that would work for me.

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