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Psoriasis, Raptiva, and Brain Infection?

If you read my blog regularly, then you know I don't usually make FYI posts. In this case, I think that psoriasis is such a common condition and unfortunately too many people just take whatever medications are prescribed to them without even a question. So if you take the drug Raptiva or know someone who does, it can only help you to be aware of possible risks.

According to this article about Raptiva PML (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy), it is a viral infection of the brain that is rare but deadly. I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty scary to me. This infection is most common with people who suffer from certain medical problems who also take this drug. For more information, visit

More possible Raptiva side effects are increased risk of other serious infections such as meningitis and immune-mediated hemolytic anemia. Anyhow the point of this post is to remind you to stay informed and ask questions. You may read many different studies favoring both sides, but remember to consider the source. You can also ask your doctor or pharmacist about recommending alternative medications. Some doctors today may even have homeopathic treatments to suggest. You never know until you ask.