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Can acitretin hurt you.?

Can acitretin hurt you.?

Several: Acitretin, or soriatane, (acitretin) is a potent oral retinoid frequently used in patients with psoriasis. It is extremely teratogenic (read: do not take if you may get pregnant) can cause high lipid levels in blood, dry skin and mucous membranes, and liver damage. Also, alcohol use must be avoided while on this medication. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Effect of my acitretin medication?

Effect of my acitretin medication?

Psoriasis: Though the exact mechanism is not know, this drug is used to treat psoriasis. Side effects are numerous and should be discussed with your physician.
One very important issue is avoiding pregnancy while on this drug. ...Read more

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Can acitretin harm you?

Can acitretin harm you?

Several: Acitretin, or soriatane, (acitretin) is a potent oral retinoid frequently used in patients with psoriasis. It is extremely teratogenic (read: do not take if you may get pregnant) can cause high lipid levels in blood, dry skin and mucous membranes, and liver damage. Also, alcohol use must be avoided while on this medication. ...Read more

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What are side effects of acitretin?

What are side effects of acitretin?

Several: Acitretin, or soriatane, (acitretin) is a potent oral retinoid frequently used in patients with psoriasis. It is extremely teratogenic (read: do not take if you may get pregnant) can cause high lipid levels in blood, dry skin and mucous membranes, and liver damage. Also, alcohol use must be avoided while on this medication. ...Read more

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Is soriatane (acitretin) gluten free? I have celiac disease is this drug contraindicated for celiacs?

Is soriatane (acitretin) gluten free? I have celiac disease is this drug contraindicated for celiacs?

Soritane: Soritane is related to vitamin a. Excess vitamin a can cause an increase in intracranial pressure. Tetracycline can also cause an increase in intracranial pressure, so the two medicines should not be used together without careful monitoring. Soritane is not related to gluten. ...Read more

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Do you have to wait 3yrs after taking soriatane (acitretin) before getting pregnant? If u dont, are the risks high?

Do you have to wait 3yrs after taking soriatane (acitretin) before getting pregnant? If u dont, are the risks high?

Yes: You might want to get an opinion from a rheumatologist or dermatologist who regularly prescribes this, but I would take the advice seriously. You wouldn't want to bring a baby into the world with birth defects that could have been prevented. ...Read more

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I have taken the acitretin drug before one and half years (august' 2012) for my psoriasis. Can I plan for my pregnancy in august '2014. Please advise.

I have taken the acitretin drug before one and half years (august' 2012) for my psoriasis. Can I plan for my pregnancy in august '2014. Please advise.

Acitretin psoriasis: It is recommended to wait at least 3 years after stopping Acitretin to become pregnant. I will refer you to the drug safety link for clarification. Http://www.soriatane.com/404.html. ...Read more

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Hello I have congenital ichthyosis and currently taking (soriatane (acitretin) 10mg). Is there a better treatment in the us?

Good drug for you: Topical therapies are many and can be very helpful. Soriatane (acitretin) at your dose is usually very safe. National icythyosis association is very helpful. ...Read more

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My doctor won't prescribe soriatane (acitretin) because I am female and of child bearing age. I need something stronger for my psoriasis should I seek 2nd opinion?

My doctor won't prescribe soriatane (acitretin) because I am female and of child bearing age. I need something stronger for my psoriasis should I seek 2nd opinion?

Biologics: Biologic drugs, or "biologics, " are a relatively new class of treatment for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis treatments. They are given by injection or intravenous (IV) infusion. Biologics include: enbrel, humira, stelara, (ustekinumab) Remicade and others. Biologics are more effective at treating psoriasis than soriatane. ...Read more

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Are birth defects possible in women who have become pregnant by a man who has used soriatane (acitretin)?

Are birth defects possible in women who have become pregnant by a man who has used soriatane (acitretin)?

Not likely: Studies show that there are extremely low levels of the drug in the seminal fluid. The study showed that if the man had a 10ml ejaculate (not likely: most men ejaculate 1 to 5 ml) the amount of drug in the seminal fluid would be 1/200, 000 the level of a single dose (25mg) this study is at least 10 years old. So not likely. See your ob/gyn if you are pregnant. Have an anomaly scan done early. ...Read more

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Serious infection around my toe. I'm on treatment for psoriasis. Could the cause be the medics? I'm on soriatane (acitretin) 25 mg since 6 months now. Thank you

Serious infection around my toe. I'm on treatment for psoriasis. Could the cause be the medics? I'm on soriatane (acitretin) 25 mg since 6 months now. Thank you

Seek treatment: Medication for psoriasis can weaken your immune system, leaving you open to infections that otherwise would be easy to fight. If you have a wound or an ingrown toenail, it is more likely that bacteria will enter at these sites and cause infections. Seek treatment and start antibiotics. A small infection in the toe with a weak immune system can become much worse if untreated. ...Read more

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Hello sir my mom hand skin peeling off and irritation. Her doctor giving acitretin capsules ip 25 mg. And still problem persists. What can I do for?

Hello sir my mom hand skin peeling off and irritation. Her doctor giving acitretin capsules ip 25 mg. And still problem persists. What can I do for?

Acitretin is a: Retinoid or vitamin A derivative typically used to treat moderate to severe psoriasis. Typically your mother's Dermatologist would have tried several other topical medications before adding this. Unfortunately, it may add redness, itching, scaling, peeling for the first several weeks as the body adjusts. She needs to stay in close touch with her Doctor to monitor side effects and modify treatment ...Read more

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My hands ankles feet and wrists are swollen and sore no known reason for this sometimesmy hands or fingers go to sleep heart attack in 03 high blood psi I take plavix topril Lipitor (atorvastatin), protonix, soriatane

My hands ankles feet and wrists are swollen and sore no known reason for this sometimesmy hands or fingers go to sleep heart attack in 03 high blood psi I take plavix topril Lipitor (atorvastatin), protonix, soriatane

In: In light of your cardiac history, you should be evaluated by your cardiologist as some of these symptoms may indicate impaired heart function. If this is not a heart issue I am sure that your cardiologist will be able to make an appropriate referral to an appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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Why do some children have allergies?

Why do some children have allergies?

Exposure + Genes: One needs both a genetic component and "exposure" to a said allergen to develop an allergy. There is a growing support over the past 20 years, that growing up in an environment which is "too clean" can also lead to development of allergies down the road. Either way, allergies are on the rise. ...Read more

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How are children tested for allergies?

How are children tested for allergies?

See below: They are tested the same as everyone else. They can have skin testing performed by an allergist, or blood work ordered by their primary care provider. ...Read more

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I have an allergy to nuts and I was wondering if my children would also be allergic?

I have an allergy to nuts and I was wondering if my children would also be allergic?

Nut allergy: Maybe. Your children may have inherited genes from you that make them more likely to develop an allergy, but they do not inherit a specific allergy to a food e.g. Nuts. The children have to be exposed to food proteins in the diet, before an allergy can develop. Once one develops an allergy then they are always allergic and need proper medical attention to prevent severe problems. ...Read more

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How do docs test children for indoor & outdoor allergies?

How do docs test children for indoor & outdoor allergies?

Allergy tests: There are several types of testing. Some involve certain types of blood tests. Another method is to do a series of skin tests done by pricking the skin and applying different allergens. Other tests are provocative tests that can involve challanging the patient with allergic materials. Testing should be done by doctors specializing in allergy to obtain the best results. ...Read more

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What testing is there for? Children and food allergies?

What testing is there for? Children and food allergies?

Skin & blood tests: Prick testing with allergenic extracts or fresh foods can help confirm allergy, as can blood tests for specific ige antibodies (rast-type tests). However, both types of testing can produce false positive results, and confirmation with food challenges may be needed. ...Read more

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Can a parents allergies be passed on to their children?

Can a parents allergies be passed on to their children?

Not exactly: The ability to react to certain proteins in an allergic way is passed on from parents to their children, but a specific allergy is not. So if a mom is allergic to pollen and the dad is allergic to fire ants, their child may develop allergies but it may be to a food instead. If 1 parent has allergies, the child is 50% likely to develop allergies, but it's a 75% chance if both parents are allergic. ...Read more

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What kind of allergy medicine is best for children under 3 years old, with bad allergy probelms?

Antihistamine: Zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine) are approved for age 6m and older. But speak with your doctor before giving this medication to your child. ...Read more

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Where can I find a statistic for the number of children who died from allergies causing anaphylaxis in the u.S.?

Where can I find a statistic for the number of children who died from allergies causing anaphylaxis in the u.S.?

Only overall numbers: The incidence of anaphylaxis in children is unknown. Estimates of anaphylactic deaths (from drugs, foods, insect stings, and latex) in the us are 0.002 percent annually (2 per 100, 000): 500 fatalities from penicillin anaphylaxis; 40 fatalities from bee stings; 125-150 from food anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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My husband has nut and fish allergies. I have 4 children, 2 without allergies should I get rest of kids tested before giving them these foods?

My husband has nut and fish allergies. I have 4 children, 2 without allergies should I get rest of kids tested before giving them these foods?

Food testing: Food allergies can be frightening but there is no reason to test the children if they have not had reactions. Always be cautious when introducing a new food to an allergic child. ...Read more

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I give my 17mnth old 1/2 teaspoon of children's zyrtec (cetirizine) for allergies but some days it's not enough. Can I increase the dose or try something differ t?

I give my 17mnth old 1/2 teaspoon of children's zyrtec (cetirizine) for allergies but some days it's not enough. Can I increase the dose or try something differ t?

Do not increase: A 17 month old should not have allergies to inhaled items like dust or pollen. Zyrtec (cetirizine) could cause drowsiness and I would avoid long term use of zyrtec (cetirizine) in your child. If your child has a runny or stuffy nose that is unresponsive to zyrtec (cetirizine) then see your doctor to make sure there isn't an infection brewing. ...Read more

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Do children grow out of allergies?

Do children grow out of allergies?

Yes: Not all of the food allergies are created equal. Food allergies like dairy, egg, wheat tend to be outgrown. Tree nut and peanut are less likely (although recent studies suggest that 20-30% outgrow the peanut allergy). Environmental allergies tend to "grow on you" with time. Note: the allergy test may remain positive despite the child having outgrown the allergy. Consult with an allergist. ...Read more

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How are children tested for allergies these days?

How are children tested for allergies these days?

Allergy testing: Usually encompasses skin and/or serum (blood) test which are consistent with the child's clinical history. ...Read more

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How often should children be tested for allergies?

How often should children be tested for allergies?

It depends: It really depends on the age of the child, and whether you're talking about food or environmental allergies. I generally will skin test children over age 2 for environmental allergies, while many younger kids need food testing. In terms of frequency, children with environmental allergies may benefit from repeat testing after 2 years, as their allergies can change as they get older. ...Read more

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Soriatane (Definition)

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Acitretin (Definition)

Acitretin is a topical anti-parasite agent which is a ...Read more