Soriatane Uses

Soriatane is licensed to treat severe psoriasis in adults. This prescription medication is a type of retinoid and is usually recommended when other psoriasis treatments have failed. On occasion, a healthcare provider may recommend an off-label use of Soriatane, such as for various skin conditions. Because of the potential for severe birth defects, women of childbearing potential should avoid pregnancy for three years after stopping Soriatane.

What Is Soriatane Used For?

Soriatane® (acitretin) is a prescription psoriasis medication. It is generally used for people with severe psoriasis who have not responded to other available psoriasis treatments. In particular, because of the risk of birth defects, women should take this medication only if they have tried and failed with other treatments.
 
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease. It is thought that psoriasis is caused by an overactive immune system (see Psoriasis Causes for more information). There are several different types of psoriasis, and the symptoms of psoriasis may vary, depending on the type.
 
Psoriasis treatment may include:
 
  • Medicines applied to the skin (topical psoriasis treatment)
  • Light treatments (phototherapy)
  • Psoriasis medications, whether by mouth or injection, that treat the whole immune system (called systemic therapy).
     
Soriatane is a type of systemic therapy. It is not a good choice for women who want to become pregnant in the near future, as pregnancy must be avoided during Soriatane treatment and for a full three years after stopping this medication (due to the risk of severe birth defects).
 
Some patients find that Soriatane initially makes their psoriasis worse, before it gets better. It can take a full two to three months to see the full benefits of Soriatane.
 

Soriatane Medication Information

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