AN ANSWER TO ALL THOSE QUESTIONS.
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.
Over the years, I tried everything to clear my skin and keep it clear. I so badly wanted to find a treatment that worked for me and continued to work, but most importantly, I wanted to be a normal mom to my kids. Since starting COSENTYX®, I feel like I’m more free to focus on being the parent I want to be. I don’t have to spend my days trying to find something that will clear my skin. I spend my days with my kids.
But I wouldn’t be where I am if I didn’t stand up for myself. It wasn’t until I vented my frustrations to my dermatologist that he suggested COSENTYX to me. Within 24 hours of that doctor visit, I was contacted by a coordinator through COSENTYX Connect. She made the process of going through insurance, co-pay, and delivery of the medication a breeze. It was by far the easiest and most productive experience I have ever had with obtaining insurance approval and receiving my medication. Now, I have the convenience of having my prescription mailed to me, and the ability to give myself the injection.
Recently, I was invited by Novartis to share my experience with plaque psoriasis and COSENTYX. I was happy to do so because I want to help others, but I was lucky to receive a big surprise myself. While shooting the latest COSENTYX commercial, we found out that Cyndi Lauper was a COSENTYX patient and would be joining us as well. What an amazing experience to not only meet others like me, but to have a strong woman like Cyndi share her story and her COSENTYX journey. Cyndi, along with Gary, Teresa, and Joe, shared their positive experiences with COSENTYX, and I was so happy to hear how they, too, now have clear skin that is lasting.
I went to the shoot with the mission of helping others, and instead was gifted my own therapeutic experience of meeting others like me. It was so helpful to sit, listen, and talk with others who know my exact feelings and thoughts; it made me feel like I wasn’t so alone. Needless to say, it was an amazing experience.
I hope by sharing my story of not giving up, others who think this condition is hopeless can find motivation to get up and fight back. I want people to know you can be happy, and feel comfortable in your own skin. I finally am.
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Prescribing info: bit.ly/COSEPI
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).
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
- 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 www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please see full Prescribing Information, including Medication Guide.