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Acitretin

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Soriatane®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Soriatane®
    • Mexican Brand Names: Neotigason
    • Pharmacologic Category: Retinoid-Like Compound

    Uses
    • It is used to treat psoriasis.
    • Acitretin lowers irritation and swelling.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take this drug with food.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Women: Do not take this drug if you are pregnant or want to get pregnant in the next 3 years. Your doctor will talk with you about the chance of pregnancy before starting you on this drug. Use 2 helpful kinds of birth control 1 month before starting this drug and for 3 years after care ends. Pregnancy tests will be done to show that you are NOT pregnant before starting and while taking this drug. If you get pregnant while taking this drug, call your doctor right away. If you know all the facts and can follow how to take this drug, you must sign a patient fact/consent form. Do not sign the form and do not take this drug if you do not know everything on the form.
    • Women: Do not drink beer, wine, or mixed drinks while using this drug and for 2 months after stopping it.
    • Do not donate blood while using this drug and for 3 years after stopping.
    • This drug may cause liver problems. Call your doctor if you see dark urine, feel tired, are not hungry, have an upset stomach, are throwing up, or have yellowing of the skin or eyes.
    • Unsafe side effects may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.
    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to acitretin or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you drink beer, wine, or mixed drinks or take any drugs that have alcohol.
    • If you have any of these health problems: High cholesterol, kidney disease, or liver disease.
    • If you are of childbearing age, but are not using 2 kinds of birth control or if you are planning to get pregnant during your care or within 3 years after care has ended.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
    • If you are breast-feeding.

    Precautions

    • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), talk with your doctor.
    • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have mental illness, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Avoid other sources of vitamin A.
    • You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
    • Do not use birth control pills that have a low dose of progesterone. They may not work well.

    Side Effects

    • High cholesterol level.
    • High triglyceride level.
    • Mouth irritation. Using a soft toothbrush or cotton swabs and rinsing the mouth may help.
    • Nose irritation.
    • Skin irritation.
    • Eye irritation.
    • Dry mouth. Good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. See a dentist often.
    • Hair loss. Hair most often grows back when this drug is stopped.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
    • Mean actions or thoughts of fighting.
    • Chest pain.
    • Very bad dizziness.
    • Change in strength on 1 side is greater than the other, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, or blurred eyesight.
    • Swelling or pain in the leg or arm.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very bad belly pain.
    • Not able to eat.
    • Very bad muscle pain or weakness.
    • Sudden change in eyesight, eye pain, or irritation.
    • Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
    • More trips to the bathroom, more thirst, or weight loss.
    • For women, if you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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