Soriatane Side Effects

According to clinical studies, some of the most common side effects of Soriatane include hair loss, high cholesterol, and chapped lips. In most cases, side effects of this medication tend to be minor and are typically easy to treat. However, there are more serious side effects that should be reported to your healthcare provider right away, such as chest pain, signs of depression, or vision changes.

An Introduction to Soriatane Side Effects

As with any medicine, Soriatane® (acitretin) can cause side effects. While some of the side effects can be quite bothersome, many people feel that the benefit of the medication outweighs the potential side effects. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. However, very serious side effects are possible.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Soriatane. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Common Side Effects of Soriatane

Soriatane has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred were carefully documented.
 
In these studies, some of the most common side effects of Soriatane included:
 
  • Dry, chapped, irritated lips -- in over 75 percent of people
  • High triglycerides -- up to 66 percent
  • Hair loss -- in 50 to 75 percent
  • Peeling skin -- in 50 to 75 percent
  • Decreased HDL cholesterol ("good cholesterol") -- up to 40 percent
  • High cholesterol -- up to 33 percent
  • Runny or stuffy nose -- in 25 to 50 percent
  • Dry skin -- in 25 to 50 percent
  • Nail problems -- in 25 to 50 percent
  • Itching -- in 25 5o 50 percent.
     
Other common side effects (occurring in 10 to 25 percent of people) included:
 
  • Chills or shivering
  • Dry eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Nosebleeds
  • Joint pain
  • Excessive growth of spinal bones
  • A red rash
  • Unusual sensations, such as tingling
  • Overly sensitive senses
  • Skin infections around the nails
  • Weakening of the skin
  • Sticky skin.
     

Soriatane Medication Information

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