etretinate-oral, Tegison (cont.)

USES: This medication is used to treat severe cases of psoriasis.

HOW TO USE: Take this medication with food to prevent stomach upset. Do not increase your dose or take this more often than directed. Your condition will not clear faster, but side effects may be increased.

SIDE EFFECTS: Dry nose, nosebleeds, chapped lips, mouth sores, increased thirst, sore tongue, bleeding gums, dry mouth, cold sores, dry or irritated eyes, dry skin, peeling or scaly skin, hair loss, easy bruising, muscle aches, nausea, stomach upset, cough or swelling of the hands or feet may occur. Inform your doctor if any of these effects continue or become bothersome. Notify your doctor if you experience: vision problems, chest pain, tightness in the chest, abnormal pulse, dizziness, vomiting, severe headache, yellowing of the eyes/skin (jaundice). Psoriasis may worsen during the first few days of therapy. Because this medication causes dry, irritated eyes, contact lens wearers may be less tolerant of their contacts during therapy. In the unlikely event you have a serious allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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