Retinoids for Psoriasis
What To Think About
You will need to have blood tests on a regular schedule while you are taking this drug.
Because of severe side effects, acitretin (Soriatane) should be prescribed only by doctors who are familiar with the use of this kind of medicine—such as a Reference dermatologist Opens New Window. Some doctors believe there are too many risks in using this medicine.
Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not take isotretinoin because of the risk of serious side effects such as miscarriage and birth defects. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires companies that make isotretinoin to have a program to register doctors who prescribe isotretinoin and the people who take isotretinoin. The program tries to ensure that people taking this medicine understand the risk of birth defects, take precautions to avoid pregnancy, and know what to do if they become pregnant. If your doctor suggests that you take isotretinoin, you must register with iPLEDGE to get the medicine. You can get more information and register at www.ipledgeprogram.com or by telephone (toll-free) at 1-866-495-0654.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: January 9, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology