ACITRETIN: FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments

User Comments:

For Psoriasis: “Had an erythrodermic flare from usual 20-25% plaque coverage (which is gone) 7 weeks ago. Red & flaking from top of my head to tops of my feet. (2nd such flare in 25 yrs). My derm Dr prescribed 25 mg soriatane daily; GP prescribed lipitor (20 mgs) for cholesterol/liver. Now almost clear on face, legs & torso tho lips are still peeling (apply Aquaphor several times/day), some flaking on arms; redness subsiding esp. on face. Feet & hands exhibited worst swelling & still somewhat red. Fingertips peeling – use mineral oil at night w/ cloth gloves. Soaking bath (@least 1 hr) in oatmeal every other day w/ Aquaphor after lite towel dry to reduce flaking. 14 oz water 6x & bottle of Gatorade daily; 1000 mgs of D3 at night. Use cough lozenges for dry throat.”

JAGofWA (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 25, 2017

For Psoriasis: “I’ve been on Acitretin for over a year. Overall it has helped my psoriasis, I’m not completely clear but the flakeyness has completely gone and the redness has reduced in areas. The side effects have made me question whether or not to continue on the drug. I was initially on 25mg but there was 0 changes to my psoriasis, I was then put onto 50mg and my psoriasis started to disappear extremely fast. On 50mg I was constantly tired and my skin was peeling on my lips, I also feel the effect of weakened nails of which I’ve had an ingrown toe nail on both feet!I was dropped to 35mg (currently on) and my psoriasis is at a stale mate, it definitely isn’t improving. I’m constantly fatigued and will hopefully be getting off them in December.”

Will194 October 17, 2017

For Psoriasis: “I was prescribed 25mg per day and for three months took the drug until the pain in my back, joints and muscles led me to believe I had bone cancer. After researching and the drug and finding out these are common side effects I stopped taking the drug. My psoriasis had cleared up, I was able to go to the hairdresser without being embarrassed of condition of my scalp and my legs and back also cleared. Six months later, with the returning at it’s worse, I again started taking the drug. This time however there was not improvement in my skin and the joint and muscle pain was unbearable. I have once again stopped taking the drug, for two weeks now, and can not move without groaning due to the continuing muscle pain.”

Veronica Pet (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 8, 2017

For Psoriasis: “I commenced this drug very slowly (10mg/day), worked up to 30mg over the course of a month. The psoriasis on my hands responded very quickly but was pretty painful while it was shedding. The psoriasis on my feet took much longer but did respond eventually. I had problems with side effects however. I had to reduce my dose to 20mg one month after increasing to 30mg. My face (no psoriasis on my face) was red, scaly, so painful that I couldn’t wear my glasses, the inside of my nose was bleeding and sore, the inside of my mouth was peeling, my gums were bleeding and my vision was effected. Even on 20mg my vision has continued to decline my hair is falling out I have no eyebrows or eyelashes. I gave up yesterday. Its worked but at a cost.”

KSH58* August 16, 2017

Soriatane (acitretin) for Psoriasis: “I have palmoplantar pustular PsA with 4 other types of psoriasis. 25 mg per day did nothing. 50mgs/daily has helped the pustular on hands and feet, but other psoriasis forms in groin area, skin folds, under arms, head, nails, are not cooperating- in fact the psoriasis is growing in those areas.”

Seahorse02 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 9, 2017

For Psoriasis: “I have been taking acitretin for 7 years now I was covered in psoriasis I started taking 30 mg a day within 2 weeks it was gone I now take 10mg a day its pretty much under control I have small bits on Elbow’s and belly button but I’m OK”

Martin 595 (taken for 5 to 10 years) April 11, 2017

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