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.

PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your medical history, including: liver disease, eye problems, diabetes, heart disease, any allergies (especially drug allergies). It is recommended that persons using this medication not donate blood for at least three years after stopping therapy. This will prevent the possibility of your blood being given to a pregnant woman. This drug should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Avoid pregnancy while using this drug, and for an extended period after treatment stops. Consult your doctor. Use two reliable forms of birth control together, starting one month before treatment, during and for an extended period after treatment stops. Consult your doctor. Semen may pose a risk to a pregnant woman if the male is using this drug. Consult your doctor. This drug is excreted into breast milk. Use of this medication is not recommended while breast-feeding. Consult your doctor.

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