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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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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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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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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. Im on treatment for psoriasis. Could the cause be the medics? Im on soriatane (acitretin) 25 mg since 6 months now. Thank you

Serious infection around my toe. Im on treatment for psoriasis.  Could the cause be the medics? Im 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

Acitretin (Definition)

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