Soriatane

Soriatane Medication Information:

Soriatane medication comes in several different strengths; click on the strength you need to view prices from pharmacies competing to earn your business.

Soriatane 10 mg
Soriatane 25 mg

Important Information for Female Patients of Childbearing Potential

  • DO NOT TAKE SORIATANE IF YOU ARE OR MAY BECOME PREGNANT DURING TREATMENT OR FOR AN UNDETERMINED PERIOD OF TIME OF AT LEAST TWO YEARS DURATION AFTER TREATMENT HAS STOPPED. (DISCUSS THIS WITH YOUR DOCTOR.)

  • YOU MUST AVOID BECOMING PREGNANT WHILE YOU ARE TAKING SORIATANE AND FOR AN UNDETERMINED PERIOD OF TIME OF AT LEAST TWO YEARS DURATION AFTER YOU STOP TAKING SORIATANE. (DISCUSS THIS WITH YOUR DOCTOR.)

  • YOU MUST DISCUSS EFFECTIVE BIRTH CONTROL WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING TREATMENT AND YOU MUST USE EFFECTIVE BIRTH CONTROL:

    • FOR AT LEAST ONE MONTH BEFORE YOU START SORIATANE;

    • WHILE YOU ARE TAKING SORIATANE; AND

    • FOR AN UNDETERMINED PERIOD OF TIME OF AT LEAST TWO YEARS DURATION AFTER YOU STOP TAKING SORIATANE. (DISCUSS THIS WITH YOUR DOCTOR.)

      BEARING IN MIND THAT ANY METHOD OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN FAIL.

  • IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU EITHER ABSTAIN FROM SEXUAL INTERCOURSE OR USE TWO RELIABLE METHODS OF BIRTH CONTROL AT THE SAME TIME.

  • DO NOT TAKE SORIATANE UNTIL YOU ARE SURE THAT YOU ARE NOT PREGNANT.

    • YOU MUST HAVE A SERUM OR URINE PREGNANCY TEST WITHIN TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOU START SORIATANE.

    • YOU MUST WAIT UNTIL THE SECOND OR THIRD DAY OF YOUR NEXT NORMAL MENSTRUAL PERIOD BEFORE YOU START SORIATANE.

  • CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY IF YOU DO BECOME PREGNANT WHILE TAKING SORIATANE OR AFTER TREATMENT HAS STOPPED. YOU SHOULD DISCUSS WITH YOUR DOCTOR THE SERIOUS RISK OF YOUR BABY HAVING SEVERE BIRTH DEFORMITIES BECAUSE YOU ARE TAKING OR HAVE TAKEN SORIATANE. YOU SHOULD ALSO DISCUSS THE DESIRABILITY OF CONTINUING WITH YOUR PREGNANCY.

  • DO NOT BREAST-FEED WHILE TAKING SORIATANE OR FOR AN UNDETERMINED PERIOD OF TIME OF AT LEAST TWO YEARS DURATION AFTER TREATMENT HAS STOPPED. (DISCUSS THIS WITH YOUR DOCTOR.)


Important Information for All Patients (Male and Female)

PREGNANCY MUST BE AVOIDED BY ANY FEMALE TAKING SORIATANE AS SORIATANE CAN CAUSE DEFORMED BABIES. (See Important Information for Female Patients of Childbearing Potential:.)

  • Females: Do not drink alcohol while taking SORIATANE and for two months after you have stopped treatment.

  • Males: Avoid or limit consumption of alcohol while taking SORIATANE and for two months after you have stopped treatment.

  • Be sure to return to your doctor as scheduled. It is important for your doctor to see you regularly, preferably every month, when you are taking SORIATANE. Blood tests and other tests allow your doctor to check your response to SORIATANE. Discuss your progress and any concerns with your doctor.

  • Do not give SORIATANE to anyone else who may have similar symptoms. SORIATANE has to be prescribed for each person by their own doctor because of possible side effects (see below). Important: SORIATANE can cause deformed babies if taken by a female before or during pregnancy.

  • Do not donate blood while taking SORIATANE or for an undetermined period of time of at least two years duration after treatment has stopped. This is because your blood should not be given to pregnant females.

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Other Information for All Patients (Male and Female)

THINGS YOU SHOULD TELL YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING SORIATANE:

  • Tell your doctor if you or any members of your family have diabetes, liver disease, heart disease, depression, alcoholism or obesity

  • Tell your doctor if you are sensitive to any of the nonmedicinal ingredients in SORIATANE listed at the end of this document or if you have any food or drug allergies.

  • Tell your doctor if you are taking an antibiotic (particularly tetracyclines).

  • Tell your doctor if you are taking phenytoin.


Treatment Progress

  • A temporary worsening of your skin condition may occur during the first month of treatment with SORIATANE. Occasionally, there will be more redness or itching at first, but this will normally fade as treatment continues. It may take two to three months before the full benefit of SORIATANE is seen.

  • Contact your doctor if you notice a worsening of your skin condition. This may happen within a few months after stopping SORIATANE. Another course of treatment will usually produce the same response as the first course.


Side Effects for Soriatane

  • In the first few weeks, perhaps before you see any healing, you may begin to have some side effects. Some of the most common are: chapped lips; peeling of fingertips, palms, and soles; loss of hair (see below); itching, sticky skin; or runny or dry nose. Check with your doctor to see if any change in your medication is needed, especially if these effects become bothersome.

  • Most patients experience some degree of hair loss, but the condition varies among patients. The extent of hair loss that you may experience and whether or not all your hair will return to normal after treatment cannot be predicted.

  • If you wear contact lenses, you may find them uncomfortable during and after treatment because SORIATANE may cause dry eyes.

  • Tell your doctor if any of your side effects do not clear up in a few weeks after you stop taking SORIATANE.


Special Precautions You Should Take

  • Do not use vitamin preparations or health food supplements that contain vitamin A. SORIATANE is related to vitamin A. The vitamin A in these products may add to the unwanted effects of SORIATANE. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure about the vitamin A content of any product you are taking.

  • Protect yourself from excessive exposure to the sun. SORIATANE may increase the sensitivity of your skin to the sun.

  • A few patients on SORIATANE have experienced decreased night vision. Since the onset can be sudden, you should be particularly careful when driving or operating any vehicle at night. If you experience any visual difficulties, stop taking SORIATANE and consult your doctor.


Special Symptoms You Should Tell Your Doctor About

  • Tell your doctor if you have aches or pains in bones or joints, or difficulty in moving. Bone changes have been detected by X-ray examination in patients taking SORIATANE. The extent of any harm from these changes is not presently known.

  • TELL YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS BECAUSE THESE SIDE EFFECTS MAY POSSIBLY RESULT IN PERMANENT EFFECTS. THESE SYMPTOMS MAY BE EARLY SIGNS OF RARE, BUT MORE SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS WHICH YOUR DOCTOR MAY WANT TO CHECK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE:

    • HEADACHES, NAUSEA, VOMITING, BLURRED VISION, OTHER VISUAL PROBLEMS, CHANGES IN MOOD.

    • PERSISTENT FEELING OF DRY EYES, DECREASE IN NIGHT VISION.

    • ACHES OR PAINS IN BONES OR JOINTS, OR DIFFICULTY IN MOVING.

    • YELLOWING OF THE SKIN OR EYES AND/OR DARK URINE, FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS.

    • Tell your doctor about any unusual or severe symptoms that appear during treatment.


General Guidelines When Taking Your Medication...

  • Call your doctor if you have any questions or have any severe or troubling symptoms.

  • Keep SORIATANE out of the reach of children.

  • Read your prescription label carefully and be sure to take the exact amount of medicine prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor may change your prescribed dose from time to time, therefore, it is important that you check the label after each refill. If you have any questions call your doctor.

  • Take SORIATANE with food or just after a meal. If you forget to take a dose of SORIATANE, it may be taken later the same day, but, do not take more SORIATANE in one day than your doctor has prescribed.

  • Protect SORIATANE capsules from sunlight, heat and humidity. Store in original package. SORIATANE does not need to be refrigerated. SORIATANE should not be used after the expiry date (EXP) shown on the package.

THIS SUMMARY DOES NOT CONTAIN ALL KNOWN INFORMATION ABOUT SORIATANE. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

Each SORIATANE capsule contains either 10 mg or 25 mg of acitretin.

Nonmedicinal ingredients: gelatin, iron oxide, glucose (liquid, spray-dried), microcrystalline cellulose, sodium ascorbate, titanium dioxide.


 

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