Soriatane

Drug List

Soriatane

Drug Name

Soriatane (Acitretin)

Manufactured By

GlaxoSmithKline LLC

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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

This medication is a retinoid used in the treatment of severe psoriasis and other skin disorders in adults.

How To Use

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using acitretin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Read and complete the Patient Agreement and Informed Consent document before taking this drug. Take this medication by mouth exactly as prescribed, usually once a day with your main meal. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Do not take this more often or increase your dose without consulting your doctor. Your condition will not improve any faster but the risk of side effects may increase. It may take 2 to 3 months before the full benefit of this medication is seen. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day.

Side Effects

You may experience more 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, increased sensitivity to sunlight, 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. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. 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). Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: mood changes (e.g., depression, aggressive or violent behavior, and in rare cases thoughts of suicide). 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. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions

Certain medicines for diabetes (eg, glyburide) because the risk of low blood sugar may be increased Methotrexate or tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline) because liver damage or increased pressure in the brain may occur Vitamin A because it may increase the risk of Soriatane's side effects Certain hormonal contraceptives (eg, low-dose progestin-only birth control pill, mini-pill) because their effectiveness may be decreased by Soriatane Phenytoin because the risk of its side effects may be increased by Soriatane

In Case of Overdose

Symptoms of overdose may include severe headache, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, irritability, loss of balance, and itching. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

In Case of Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of Soriatane, you may take it later the same day. If you do not remember until the next day, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Storage

Store Soriatane at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C) in a tightly closed container. Avoid temperatures above 120 degrees F (40 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Soriatane out of the reach of children and away from pets.