An overview of the efficacy and safety of systemic treatments for psoriasis in the elderly

Vito Di Lernia, Mohamad Goldust

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Introduction: Psoriasis in elderly patients is considered to be of emerging clinical relevance because of the increase in the aged segment of the population. Psoriasis in such a group raises significant management challenges. There is an age-related immunosuppression, a high frequency of comorbidities, and polypharmacy, which enhances the potential risk of drug interactions or side effects when an additional systemic treatment must be administered. Despite the aging of the general population, clinical studies focusing on treatment of geriatric psoriasis are limited. Patients > 65 years are often not included in randomized clinical trials. As a result, the geriatric population affected by moderate-to-severe psoriasis is usually under-treated. Areas covered: This review focuses on the use of systemic treatments in elderly psoriatic patients and their efficacy and safety data, analyzing the available literature evidences. Expert opinion: Conventional agents should be carefully evaluated in each patient considering the possible organ impairment, comorbidities, concomitant medications and contraindications. Apremilast is an appropriate treatment for elderly patients. Biologics represent a safe option for a long-term management of psoriasis. Etanercept, adalimumab, ustekinumab, secukinumab, ixekizumab, and brodalumab have not been associated to a higher risk of adverse events in the elderly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)897-903
Number of pages7
JournalExpert Opinion on Biological Therapy
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 3 2018


  • biologics
  • Elderly
  • geriatric
  • therapy
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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