Cortney: Reduced itch & rash made this mom’s fight worth it

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RINVOQ is a prescription medicine used to treat adults and children 12 years of age and older with moderate to severe eczema (atopic dermatitis) that did not respond to previous treatment and their eczema is not well controlled with other pills or injections, including biologic medicines, or the use of other pills or injections is not recommended.

Individual results may vary.

Please see Safety Considerations at the end of this video

CORTNEY: My husband and I have been married almost five years;
we’ve been inseparable since we met.

My name is Cortney.  I have moderate to severe eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis.

Dating with eczema was not fun at all, and I felt like I should warn them that’s how my
skin was going to look. So, when I met my husband online, I told him and he was like,
“Okay, I don’t really care.”

He is a great support system for me.

In my early 20s, I realized that I was just itchy all the time. It just started small and would be, like, on my legs or my hands, and it would itch.

I would stand in the shower and think there’s not one place on my body right this
moment that doesn’t itch. 

Sleeping was so hard. I would scratch in my sleep and not even realize I was doing it
until I'd wake up with bloody arms.

I’ve always loved swimming, but with my eczema it became a lot harder.

So, I couldn't enjoy swimming as much as I wanted to because it was always more thoughts of eczema.

My daughters, when they were born, we put them in a swimming class for newborns.

I didn’t want other parents or other kids to see kind of the scars on my legs and the
open sores. I even wore pants into the pool because I was trying to cover it up.

I tried so many things to help with my eczema and not many things did a lot for it.

I saw a lot of different dermatologists, a lot of different doctors and the answer that I
kept getting was, well, just don’t scratch, because if you keep scratching it gets worse.

When I finally found RINVOQ, it made such a difference.

As far as the itching, just a week into it, I felt less itch. I hardly ever have the urge to scratch anymore.

After four months being on RINVOQ, my skin looked significantly clearer. After just a
couple weeks, I could see a difference.

RINVOQ is one pill, once a day, and it takes a minute of my day to take it.

My advice to anyone going through this whole trying to find out a solution for
themselves is don’t give up. Find people who support and love you just as you are but
also who will help walk through it with you.

I can feel every day how much difference it’s made.

The fight I’ve had has made me stronger.


Safety Considerations

RINVOQ may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Serious infections. RINVOQ can lower ability to fight infections. Serious infections, some fatal, occurred, including tuberculosis (TB) and infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses.
  • Increased risk of death in people age 50+ with at least 1 heart disease risk factor.
  • Cancer and immune system problems. Increased risk of some cancers, including lymphoma and skin. Current or past smokers have higher risk for lymphoma and lung cancer.
  • Increased risk of major cardiovascular events such as heart attack, stroke, or death in people 50+ with at least 1 heart disease risk factor, especially in current or past smokers.
  • Blood clots, some fatal, in veins of the legs or lungs and arteries. This occurred more often in people 50+ with at least 1 heart disease risk factor.
  • Serious allergic reactions. Do not take if allergic to RINVOQ or its ingredients.
  • Tears in the stomach or intestines; changes in certain laboratory test results.

Please see additional Important Safety Information on this webpage.