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Soriatane is used in the treatment of severe psoriasis as well as other skin conditions in adults. This is a form of medication known as an antipsoriatic (meaning it fights against psoriasis) and a keratinization stabilizer (meaning it stabilizes the growth of a type of skin that can grow out of control in many skin conditions such as psoriasis). There may be other conditions where Soriatane is a good choice of medication for you and so do not be surprised if your doctor prescribes you this medication for another condition. However you can expect a full explanation for why he or she has done so.
As is the case with all drugs, it is vital that you carefully follow the instructions given to you by your doctor. In most cases this will be written on the label of the medicine bottle or box and you must read this information very carefully. If you do happen to have any questions about how to take this medicine then you should talk to your pharmacist, nurse or doctor and they will be happy to help you. You must not crush, break or chew this medicine and should instead swallow it whole with a glass of water. You must take this medicine with food or just after a meal. You must not mix the medicine in with your food or with any liquid. Where you keep the medicine is very important and in this case it must be stored at room temperature (77 degrees F) away from the sun and in the bottle or box provided or in an airtight container. You must take the medicine as directed by your doctor and if you can take it at the same time everyday i.e. at breakfast time, then that may help you to remember. It is very important that you take this medicine everyday as directed and do not miss a dose, even if you are feeling better. Failure to take your medicine as directed will likely result in the worsening of your symptoms. In the unfortunate scenario that you do forget to take a dose, you must take the missed dose as soon as you remember unless this is near the time of your next dose. In this case you should just forget about the missed dose and carry on with your normal schedule, as you must never take two doses of a single medication at the same time. If you have any concerns then you should contact your pharmacist, nurse or doctor for more information.
Soriatane will in most cases take a long time to work and sometimes this can be as long as several months. While Soriatane begins to work you may even notice that your skin condition begins to worsen, however you must not stop taking this medicine without first talking to your doctor. Stopping a medicine suddenly will often result in a worsening of symptoms and side effects and in most cases your doctor will want you to come off a medicine slowly, a process known as tapering. There may be tests that are required by your doctor to check for side effects and/or monitor how effective the medicine is for you, however your doctor will talk to you about what is required. It is important to attend all laboratory and doctor appointments while you are taking Soriatane and additional appointments may be necessary when a change to the dose is made and during the initial starting period. It is important to note that Soriatane can cause you to be extra sensitive to sunlight and so you should avoid over exposure to the sun until it is clear how your body will react to this medicine. You must wear protective clothing as well as sunscreen if you intend to be in the sun for long periods of time. You must not take Vitamin A while taking Soriatane. You should also not drink any alcohol without first discussing this with your doctor. You may notice changes in your vision whilst taking Soriatane; it may cause decreased night vision, dry or irritated eyes, or other visual changes. Those who wear contact lenses may notice that they have extra irritation whilst on this medicine and you may need to wear glasses more often. You must not use this medicine if you are currently pregnant. If there is a possibility that you could be pregnant then you must contact your doctor immediately. Women who are of child bearing age should either not have sex while taking this medicine or should use at least two forms of contraception. This applies for at least one month before taking the drug and at least three years after taking it. You must not breast feed while taking this medicine or for up to three years after stopping treatment. You should not donate blood while taking this medicine or for up to three years after treatment as there is a possibility that your blood could be transferred to a pregnant woman.
Soriatane Side Effects
As is the case with most drugs Soriatane is not without its side effects. Some of the things that you may notice when taking this medication include: dry mouth, dry or irritated eyes, dry or runny nose, sticky or itchy skin, hair loss or hair thinning, peeling of the palms, soles of feet, or fingertips, or chapped lips. These may be minor and go away during the course of treatment, however if they do bother you then you must talk to your doctor. Soriatane was prescribed to you, as your doctor believes that the benefits will outweigh the side effects and so it is usual to expect some symptoms. However these symptoms should not cause you major discomfort and if this is the case then please talk to your doctor. You must talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any joint pain or stiffness, muscle pain, dark urine, pale stools, fatigue, drowsiness, fever, chills, flu-like symptoms, yellowing of the eyes or skin, changes in mood or irritability, burred vision or other changes in vision, nausea, vomiting, or headaches. Fortunately it is uncommon for someone to have an allergic reaction to this medicine, however they do occur and if you notice severe dizziness, a rash, itching, trouble breathing or swelling then you must seek immediate medical attention. If you experience any symptoms that worry you, even if they are not listed above, then it is vital that you talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse about it.
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