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Soriatane is the brand name of the medication acitretin, a retinoid. Retinoids are a form of vitamin A often prescribed to treat symptoms of psoriasis in adults. Soriatane is not a cure for the condition, however, and symptoms may return if the patient stops taking the medication. It may also be prescribed for reasons not listed in this guide.
Follow your doctor’s directions exactly and contact them if you are unsure of any direction. This medication should be taken with food. You may not see an improvement in your symptoms for two to three months after starting the medication, but you should continue to take the medication as directed. You may need frequent medical tests while taking this medication.
Never share this medication with anyone. Store the medication away from light, heat and moisture at room temperature.
If you miss a dose resume your regular dosage. Do not take more medication to make up for a missed dose.
This medication has the capability to cause severe birth defects and should not be used if you’re planning on becoming pregnant within 3 years of the last dose. While on this medication you should use two very effective methods of birth control and take regular pregnancy tests. Women who have the capability to become pregnant should not drink for at least 2 weeks after the last dose as it can cause the substance to stay in your body for longer than 3 years. No one taking this medication should donate blood for at least 3 years after taking the last dose. If a pregnant woman receives this blood, it may cause birth defects. Soriatane can also cause severe liver problems. Call your doctor and stop taking the medication immediately if you notice any signs of liver problems. Before taking this medication, women may need to take multiple pregnancy tests and sign an agreement that they will use approved and effective birth control and take regular pregnancy tests for three years after stopping this medication. You should not breastfeed while on this medication.
Before taking this medication your doctor should have a complete list of all vitamins, medications, and supplements that you take, along with a full medical history. If you think you are experiencing an overdose or allergic reaction, seek emergency medical help.
If you experience any serious side reactions to this medication, you should stop taking it and call your doctor at once. Examples of serious reactions may include some of the following: increased skull pressure, serious skin reactions, high blood sugar, signs of a stroke or heart attack, mood changes, liver troubles, bone or muscle problems, or signs of blood vessel problems.
Common side effects of Soriatane may include runny or dry nose, nosebleeds, dry eyes, tight muscles, joint pain, hair loss, itchy and scaly skin, dry mouth, chapped lips, fragile skin, brittle nails, or peeling skin on the feet and hands.
Common side effects of this medication may include dry eyes, dry nose, nosebleeds, scaly skin, chapped lips, brittle nails, and more.
You should not breastfeed while on this medication. It may harm the nursing baby.