THIS IS LIVING.
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.
Today, however, it’s a different story. COSENTYX® helped me to clear my skin, and it provided me the freedom to live life. Let me tell you, trying to fit in at a pool party in 100-degree weather, in long sleeves and jeans, isn’t easy. But, now that I’ve been clear for over two years, I’m buying dresses, shorts, and tshirts because I no longer feel the need to cover my skin. Clothes I never thought I would ever own are now filling my closet. I can wear my hair how I want to—no more feeling like a mobile snowmaker because of breakouts. And no more spending an hour of my day putting on topical ointments and wrapping myself up in cling wrap. Instead, I get to spend my days being more active.
Recently, I got the opportunity to shoot a new COSENTYX TV commercial. While on set, I had the chance to meet Joe, Gary, and LauraLee. Like me, all of them are finding success with COSENTYX. Together, we were able to share our experiences, the ups and downs of this condition, and ultimately, the success we’re having now. It was an empowering moment for me because up until then, the only people I knew with plaque psoriasis were people in my family. While we were sharing our common struggles with each other, I got a tap on my shoulder followed by a voice asking if she could sit next to me. I looked over my shoulder and my jaw dropped. Did Cyndi Lauper just ask to sit next to me?!
After hearing Cyndi’s story, her struggles with plaque psoriasis, and her success with COSENTYX, not to mention getting the chance to work with her on set, so much changed for me. I thought, “Here is this beautiful, smart, strong, funny, and successful woman who was having the same struggles I was having.” She made me feel that there was nothing wrong with how I felt about my psoriasis. I had a blast working with Cyndi, LauraLee, Gary, and Joe on set, and I am forever grateful for this experience. I hope that by us sharing our stories, we’ll be able to inspire others with plaque psoriasis to keep fighting until they find a treatment that works for them.
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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.