Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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Your healthcare team is the best resource for advice on how to best manage your psoriatic arthritis and continue to live a safe and healthy lifestyle. An open and honest dialogue with your doctor can help you become more comfortable with your condition and treatment.

Coming up with a list of questions before your scheduled visit can help you make the most out of your appointment. Here are some questions you may want to ask:

  • How severe is my psoriatic arthritis?
  • What are the treatment options for my type of psoriatic arthritis?
  • How long has [x] treatment been used for psoriatic arthritis?
  • What are the potential benefits of each treatment?
  • What are the potential side effects of each treatment?
  • What percentage of people are on this treatment?
  • What percentage of people improve on this treatment?
  • How long have you (the doctor) been prescribing this treatment?
  • What will each treatment cost?
  • How quickly will I see results?
  • In most people who use [x] treatment, how long is it effective?
  • Can I use/take this medicine for a short time, just to bring my joint symptoms under control, then switch to a milder medication with fewer risks? Can I control my psoriatic arthritis this way?
  • Can this treatment be combined with another to make it more effective or decrease unwanted side effects?
  • Can this treatment be stopped suddenly, or do I need to stop it gradually?
  • Ordinarily, how long will the drug stay effective?
  • If it works but I have to stop using it, is it likely to work again if it’s resumed?
  • Should I look into alternative therapies to complement my treatment plan?
  • What type of follow-up tests will I receive and how often?
  • How should I keep track of my symptoms/flares?
  • What symptoms should prompt me to call you?
  • When should I come back for my next checkup?
  • Where can I learn more about psoriatic arthritis?
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Published August 2011

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