How Fast Will I See Results From Biologics for Psoriatic Arthritis?

You might be in a rush for symptom relief, but you may need patience.

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If you’re starting a new medication for psoriatic arthritis, it likely means you’ve been having symptoms that have been hard to control. As a result, you might be feeling impatient or desperate for some relief. How long does it take to see results from psoriatic arthritis treatment, specifically biologics?

How long does it take to see results from biologic treatment?

You may need patience to see the treatment results you want after starting a biologic for psoriatic arthritis. For some people, it can take around three months to see meaningful results. Your doctor will likely have you stay on a biologic for at least six months to give it time to work.

How do you know if it’s working?

The goal of treating psoriatic arthritis is something called minimal disease activity. This is when you have your PsA under control so that the symptoms do not interfere with your life. Achieving minimal disease activity can also help slow the progression of psoriatic arthritis.

You’ll know you have minimal disease activity and your biologic is working if:

  • You have fewer or less severe symptoms
  • Joint damage is not worsening according to x-rays or other imaging

What happens if it’s not working?

If you don’t have good results from a biologic after a six-month trial, it likely means this treatment isn’t the right option for you. It might be time to try another type of biologic, which would work a little differently. Otherwise, your doctor may suggest a non-biologic DMARD (disease-modifying antirheumatic drug).

The good news is that there is a variety of options available. If one treatment option doesn’t work, you have many others to try. Today, most people are able to find something eventually that brings them relief from joint pain and stiffness.