Otezla and flu vaccine

Posted Fri 21 Dec 2018 8.12pm by Dmort

I’ve been on otezla about 5 months now and it’s just occurred to me that maybe I should have flu vaccine while on this, it’s not something I would normally need and not been mentioned by gp at all. Thanks

Posted Thu 27 Dec 2018 2.37am by wendyloish

Hi Dmort,

I am sorry no-one has come forward to answer you question from their experience. The drug you refer to is an immunosuppressant, so my gut feeling would be that it might be good for you to get the flu vaccine. But the safest and best thing would be to ask you GP or specialist who has prescribed the otezla. Failing that your local pharmacist might be able to help.

Good luck


Posted Sat 5 Jan 2019 2.53pm by Lizarm

This a slightly cautionary tale...…….....I have been on Methotrexate for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis for nine years - a wonder drug for me.

I had a flu jab on Nov 7th - the stronger one as I am over 70. Since then I have had muscular pain in my arm a bit like a frozen shoulder although I have never reacted to a flu jab before. Neither GP or Rheumatologist have any idea why this should have occurred. It's getting better with exercise.

Liz Armstrong

Posted Mon 7 Jan 2019 12.50pm by Dmort

Thanks for the reply, I’m back at rheumatologist next week and will ask then.

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