acitretin - oral, Soriatane (cont.)
USES: This medication is a retinoid used in the treatment of severe psoriasis and other skin disorders in adults.
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using acitretin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Read and complete the Patient Agreement and Informed Consent document before taking this drug.Take this medication by mouth exactly as prescribed, usually once a day with your main meal.The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Do not take this more often or increase your dose without consulting your doctor. Your condition will not improve any faster but the risk of side effects may increase.It may take 2 to 3 months before the full benefit of this medication is seen.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day.
SIDE EFFECTS: You may experience more redness, itching, skin scaling, peeling and dry skin the first several weeks as your body adjusts to the medication. Dry eyes, eye irritation, crusting of the eye lids, increased sensitivity to sunlight, dry mouth, peeling of the skin of fingertips, palms or soles of feet, chapped lips, runny nose, thirst, taste changes and hair loss may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: decreased night vision, fever, chills, aches and pain in the bones or joints, difficulty moving.Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: persistent/severe headache, other vision changes (e.g., blurred/double vision, decreased vision), persistent nausea/vomiting, mood changes (e.g., depression, aggressive or violent behavior, and in rare cases thoughts of suicide), yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine, stomach pain.Contact lens wearers may be uncomfortable while taking this drug because it causes dry eyes.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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