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Soriatane is licensed for the treatment of severe psoriasis. There are strict regulations regarding how the product is dispensed, as this prescription drug is extremely dangerous for use during pregnancy. This medication comes in capsule form and is typically taken once a day. Some of the most common side effects are dry skin, chapped lips, and hair loss.

What Is Soriatane?

Soriatane® (acitretin) is a prescription medication approved to treat severe psoriasis in adults. Because this drug is extremely dangerous for use during pregnancy, there are strict rules and regulations for prescribing and dispensing it.
(Click Soriatane Uses for more information on what the medication is used for, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes Soriatane?

Soriatane is manufactured by Stiefel Laboratories, Inc.

How Does It Work?

Soriatane is a retinoid, which means that it is similar to vitamin A. It is not entirely clear how the product works to treat severe psoriasis.

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations include the following:
  • Soriatane comes in capsule form. It is usually taken by mouth once daily with the main meal of the day.
  • It is important to take the medication with food, as food improves the absorption of this medication.
  • Women must completely avoid drinking all alcohol (even small amounts of alcohol in cough syrups) while taking Soriatane and for two months after stopping treatment. Alcohol changes the way the body metabolizes and stores this medication, making the medication stay in the body for an extremely long time (for more than three years). This restriction is mostly for women, due to the risk of birth defects.
  • There are strict rules for taking Soriatane. Women of childbearing potential must use two effective forms of birth control and must have frequent pregnancy tests. Women who take this drug must not get pregnant for three years after stopping treatment.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
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