Soriatane (Acitretin)

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What is Soriatane (Acitretin) prescribed for?

Vitamin A is key for good vision, a healthy immune system and cell growth. There is two types of vitamin A. This entry is primarily about the active form of vitamin A, known as retinoids. And it comes from animal products. It is recommended to obtain antioxidants, including beta-carotene, by eating a well-balanced diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains rather than from supplements until more is known about the risks and benefits of supplementation. This medication is a retinoid, which is used in the treatment of severe psoriasis or other skin conditions in adults.

Psoriasis is a skin disorder that causes skin cells to multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. This makes the skin build up into bumpy red patches with white scales. They can grow anywhere on the body, but most appear on the scalp, elbows, knees and lower back. Psoriasis usually appears in early adulthood. For most people, it affects just a few areas. In severe cases, psoriasis can cover large parts of the body. The patches can heal and then come back throughout a person's life.

Read and complete the Patient Agreement and Informed Consent document before taking this drug.This medication is taken by mouth exactly as prescribed to you, and usually once a day with your main meal.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Keep in mind that it may take 2 to 3 months before you begin to see the full effect and benefits from this medication.

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Acitretin; or to vitamin A-related drugs (other retinoids such as isotretinoin); or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

It is best to inform your doctor of your medical history. Therefore, it is best to speak with your doctor if you have ever suffered from any of the following; kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, diabetes, personal or family history of mental/mood problems (such as depression), receive phototherapy.

Do not donate blood while taking this drug and for at least 3 years after stopping therapy. This will prevent the possibility of your blood being given to a pregnant woman.

This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness.

Acitretin may cause vision changes, including decreased night vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision (especially at night) until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medication and for 2 months after stopping it.

While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows; 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, 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. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.

Contact lens wearers may be uncomfortable while taking this drug because it causes dry eyes.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: decreased night vision, fever, chills, dizziness, aches and pain in the bones or joints, muscle pain/tenderness/weakness, difficulty moving, swelling, sudden weight gain, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine).

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), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

 What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

 What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

 What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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