Patients may take SOTYKTU anywhere, at any time that fits into their daily schedule

SOTYKTU is the first and only once-daily oral TYK2 inhibitor with1:

The first once-daily oral TYK2 inhibitor
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Is required for treatment initiation
(unless patients have known or suspected liver disease*)

  • In patients with known or suspected liver disease, evaluate liver enzymes at baseline and thereafter according to routine patient management. Not recommended for use in patients with severe hepatic impairment.

  • Update immunizations according to current immunization guidelines. Periodically evaluate triglycerides according to clinical guidelines.
  • SOTYKTU tablet is not shown at actual size. For illustrative purposes only.
  • NDC: 0003-0895-11
  • TB=tuberculosis; TYK2=tyrosine kinase 2.

Bruce Strober, MD, PhD, discusses once-daily dosing and laboratory evaluations for SOTYKTU

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NARRATOR: SOTYKTU, also known as deucravacitinib, is a novel, oral, selective, allosteric TYK2 inhibitor.

SOTYKTU is a tyrosine kinase 2 (TYK2) inhibitor indicated for the treatment of adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy. SOTYKTU is not recommended for use in combination with other potent immunosuppressants.

SOTYKTU is associated with the following warnings and precautions: Hypersensitivity, Infections, Tuberculosis, Malignancy including Lymphomas, Rhabdomyolysis and Elevated CPK, Laboratory Abnormalities, Immunizations, and Potential Risks Related to JAK Inhibition.

BRUCE STROBER: Hi. I'm Dr. Bruce Strober and I'm excited to share my perspective on Sotyktu, a once-daily oral treatment option that I’ve prescribed for a number of my adult patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. Right now, I'd like to focus on dosing and evaluations for Sotyktu.

Sotyktu has simple once-daily dosing with one 6 mg tablet right from the start with no loading dose, titrations, or adjustments. There are no known drug interactions, and the tablet can be taken with or without food.

Only an evaluation for tuberculosis is required for treatment initiation, unless patients have known or suspected liver disease. In patients with known or suspected liver disease, evaluate liver enzymes at baseline and thereafter according to routine management. Sotyktu is not recommended for use in patients with severe hepatic impairment.

Prior to starting Sotyktu, it is also recommended that immunizations be updated according to current immunization guidelines. Use of live vaccines while on Sotyktu treatment should be avoided.

After starting Sotyktu, all patients should have their serum triglyceride levels evaluated periodically according to clinical guidelines for hyperlipidemia. In my practice, this is something I'm used to doing for my moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis patients. For context, according to the Sotyktu prescribing information, mean triglycerides increased by 10.3 mg/dl during the 16-week treatment period and by 9.1 mg/dl during the 52-week treatment period in patients treated with Sotyktu.

Sotyktu is associated with the following warnings and precautions: Hypersensitivity; infections; tuberculosis; malignancy, including lymphomas; rhabdomyolysis and elevated CPK; laboratory abnormalities; immunizations; and potential risks related to JAK inhibition.

As someone who has treated moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis for many years, these types of evaluations are not new to me. Of course, patients may not be as familiar with monitoring as we are. So, when I offer my patients Sotyktu, I explain its dosing, specifically that it’s a 6 mg once-daily tablet. Then I address the requirement for an initial TB evaluation and routine triglyceride monitoring throughout treatment.

If the patient has known or suspected liver disease, I also share the need to evaluate and monitor their liver enzymes. I discuss potential adverse events with every patient and counsel them to let me know if they experience any of those side effects. If they’re comfortable, we initiate treatment with Sotyktu.




SOTYKTU (deucravacitinib) is indicated for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in adults who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.

Limitations of Use:

SOTYKTU is not recommended for use in combination with other potent immunosuppressants.


SOTYKTU is contraindicated in patients with a history of hypersensitivity reaction to deucravacitinib or to any of the excipients in SOTYKTU.


Hypersensitivity: Hypersensitivity reactions such as angioedema have been reported. If a clinically significant hypersensitivity reaction occurs, institute appropriate therapy and discontinue SOTYKTU.

Infections: SOTYKTU may increase the risk of infections. Serious infections have been reported in patients with psoriasis who received SOTYKTU. The most common serious infections reported with SOTYKTU included pneumonia and COVID-19. Avoid use of SOTYKTU in patients with an active or serious infection. Consider the risks and benefits of treatment prior to initiating SOTYKTU in patients:

  • with chronic or recurrent infection
  • who have been exposed to tuberculosis
  • with a history of a serious or an opportunistic infection
  • with underlying conditions that may predispose them to infection.

Closely monitor patients for the development of signs and symptoms of infection during and after treatment. A patient who develops a new infection during treatment should undergo prompt and complete diagnostic testing, have appropriate antimicrobial therapy initiated and be closely monitored. Interrupt SOTYKTU if a patient develops a serious infection. Do not resume SOTYKTU until the infection resolves or is adequately treated.

Viral Reactivation

Herpes virus reactivation (for example, herpes zoster, herpes simplex) was reported in clinical trials with SOTYKTU. Through Week 16, herpes simplex infections were reported in 17 patients (6.8 per 100 patient-years) treated with SOTYKTU, and 1 patient (0.8 per 100 patient-years) treated with placebo. Multi dermatomal herpes zoster was reported in an immunocompetent patient. During PSO-1, PSO-2, and the open-label extension trial, the majority of patients who reported events of herpes zoster while receiving SOTYKTU were under 50 years of age. The impact of SOTYKTU on chronic viral hepatitis reactivation is unknown. Consider viral hepatitis screening and monitoring for reactivation in accordance with clinical guidelines before starting and during therapy with SOTYKTU. If signs of reactivation occur, consult a hepatitis specialist. SOTYKTU is not recommended for use in patients with active hepatitis B or hepatitis C.

Tuberculosis (TB): In clinical trials, of 4 patients with latent TB who were treated with SOTYKTU and received appropriate TB prophylaxis, no patients developed active TB (during the mean follow-up of 34 weeks). One patient, who did not have latent TB, developed active TB after receiving 54 weeks of SOTYKTU. Evaluate patients for latent and active TB infection prior to initiating treatment with SOTYKTU. Do not administer SOTYKTU to patients with active TB. Initiate treatment of latent TB prior to administering SOTYKTU. Consider anti-TB therapy prior to initiation of SOTYKTU in patients with a past history of latent or active TB in whom an adequate course of treatment cannot be confirmed. Monitor patients for signs and symptoms of active TB during treatment.

Malignancy including Lymphomas: Malignancies, including lymphomas, were observed in clinical trials with SOTYKTU. Consider the benefits and risks for the individual patient prior to initiating or continuing therapy with SOTYKTU, particularly in patients with a known malignancy (other than a successfully treated non-melanoma skin cancer) and patients who develop a malignancy when on treatment with SOTYKTU.

Rhabdomyolysis and Elevated CPK: Treatment with SOTYKTU was associated with an increased incidence of asymptomatic creatine phosphokinase (CPK) elevation and rhabdomyolysis compared to placebo. Discontinue SOTYKTU if markedly elevated CPK levels occur or myopathy is diagnosed or suspected. Instruct patients to promptly report unexplained muscle pain, tenderness or weakness, particularly if accompanied by malaise or fever.

Laboratory Abnormalities: Treatment with SOTYKTU was associated with increases in triglyceride levels. Periodically evaluate serum triglycerides according to clinical guidelines during treatment. SOTYKTU treatment was associated with an increase in the incidence of liver enzyme elevation compared to placebo. Evaluate liver enzymes at baseline and thereafter in patients with known or suspected liver disease according to routine management. If treatment-related increases in liver enzymes occur and drug-induced liver injury is suspected, interrupt SOTYKTU until a diagnosis of liver injury is excluded.

Immunizations: Prior to initiating therapy with SOTYKTU, consider completion of all age-appropriate immunizations according to current immunization guidelines including prophylactic herpes zoster vaccination. Avoid use of live vaccines in patients treated with SOTYKTU. The response to live or non-live vaccines has not been evaluated.

Potential Risks Related to JAK Inhibition: It is not known whether tyrosine kinase 2 (TYK2) inhibition may be associated with the observed or potential adverse reactions of Janus Kinase (JAK) inhibition. In a large, randomized, post marketing safety trial of a JAK inhibitor in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), patients 50 years of age and older with at least one cardiovascular risk factor, higher rates of all-cause mortality, including sudden cardiovascular death, major adverse cardiovascular events, overall thrombosis, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and malignancies (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) were observed in patients treated with the JAK inhibitor compared to those treated with TNF blockers. SOTYKTU is not approved for use in RA.


Most common adverse reactions (≥1% of patients on SOTYKTU and more frequently than with placebo) include upper respiratory infections, blood creatine phosphokinase increased, herpes simplex, mouth ulcers, folliculitis and acne.


Pregnancy: Available data from case reports on SOTYKTU use during pregnancy are insufficient to evaluate a drug-associated risk of major birth defects, miscarriage, or adverse maternal or fetal outcomes. Report pregnancies to the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company’s Adverse Event reporting line at 1-800-721-5072.

Lactation: There are no data on the presence of SOTYKTU in human milk, the effects on the breastfed infant, or the effects on milk production. SOTYKTU is present in rat milk. When a drug is present in animal milk, it is likely that the drug will be present in human milk. The developmental and health benefits of breast feeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for SOTYKTU and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed infant from SOTYKTU or from the underlying maternal condition.

Hepatic Impairment: SOTYKTU is not recommended for use in patients with severe hepatic impairment.

SOTYKTU is available in 6 mg tablets.

Please see U.S. Full Prescribing Information, including Medication Guide, for SOTYKTU.


  1. SOTYKTU [package insert]. Princeton, NJ: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; 2022.
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