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AcitretinGeneric Soriatane
Acitretin (Soriatane) is an expensive drug used to treat severe forms of psoriasis. This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. Generic acitretin is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower. The lowest GoodRx price for the most common version of acitretin is around $351.32, 40% off the average retail price of $588.45. Compare retinoids.
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Acitretin Coupon - Acitretin 25mg capsule
30 capsules

Acitretin Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Your psoriasis may get worse when you first start taking this medicine. You may have to take it for 2 to 3 months before you see the full benefit.

This medicine can cause birth defects. Do not get pregnant while taking this drug. Females will need to have 2 negative pregnancy tests before starting this medicine and then monthly pregnancy tests during treatment, even if you are not sexually active. Use 2 reliable forms of birth control together for 1 month before, during, and for at least 3 years after stopping this medicine. Avoid using birth control pills that do not contain estrogen. They may not work while you are taking this medicine. If you become pregnant, miss a menstrual cycle, or stop using birth control, you must immediately stop taking this medicine. Severe birth defects may occur. Do not take this medicine before or during breast-feeding.

Before you receive your prescription review the Do Your P.A.R.T. booklet, which includes the Do Your P.A.R.T. Patient Brochure, The Contraceptive Counseling Referral Form for female patients, the Patient Agreement/Informed Consent Form for female patients, and the Medication Guide. If you did not talk to your doctor about this and sign the consent form, contact your health care provider.

Do not share this medicine with anyone else because of the risk of birth defects and other serious adverse effects.

Do not give blood during your treatment and for 3 years after you stop taking it. This medicine in your blood can harm an unborn baby if the blood is given to a pregnant woman. You can still receive blood transfusions while taking this medicine.

If you wear contact lenses, they may feel uncomfortable.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths. If you are receiving light treatment (phototherapy), your doctor may need to change your light dosages to avoid burns.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

This medicine can increase cholesterol and triglyceride levels and decrease HDL (the 'good' cholesterol) levels. Your health care provider will monitor these levels and recommend appropriate therapy, including dietary changes or prescription drugs, if necessary.

This medicine may affect your blood sugar levels. If you are diabetic check with your doctor or health care professional if you notice any change in your blood sugar tests.

During therapy with this medicine and for 2 months after stopping treatment, you must avoid drinks, foods, and all medicines that contain alcohol. This includes over-the-counter products that contain alcohol. Avoiding alcohol is important because alcohol changes this medicine into a drug that may take longer than 3 years to leave your body. The chance of birth defects may last longer than 3 years if you take any form of alcohol while taking this medicine or for 2 months after stopping treatment.


Common and Rare Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Back pain

bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste

bone or joint pain

change in taste

continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears

difficulty with moving or walking

excessive muscle tone

feeling of warmth

headache (severe and continuing)

hearing loss

increased sensitivity to pain

increased sensitivity to touch

muscle stiffness, tension, or tightness

nausea (severe and continuing)

redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest

redness of the skin


thinning of the skin with easy bruising

tingling in the hands and feet

tongue irritation

trouble sleeping

vomiting (severe and continuing)

Less common

Abnormal sensation of burning or stinging

blurred vision


breast pain

cracking, redness, skin irritation, or rash (including a rash that looks like psoriasis)

eye pain

general feeling of discomfort or illness


increased hair growth on the forehead, back, arms, and legs


infection, ulcers, unusual odor, or small red spots in the skin

itching of the vagina or genital area

loosening of the fingernails

loss of eyebrows or eyelashes

pain during sexual intercourse

redness of the eyes

redness or soreness around the fingernails

redness or swelling of the eyelid

sensitivity of the eyes to light

sore mouth or tongue

thick, white vaginal discharge with no odor or with a mild odor

watery eyes

white patches in the mouth or on the tongue


Bleeding gums

bleeding time increased

chest pain


coughing up blood

darkened urine


difficulty in breathing or swallowing

double vision or other problems in seeing, including decreased night vision after sunset and before sunrise


increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding

itchy or painful ears

light-colored stools


pale or cold hands or feet


prolonged bleeding from cuts

red or dark brown urine

sore on the edge of the eyelid (stye)

stomach pain

thick, white, curd-like vaginal discharge

unpleasant breath odor

unusual tiredness or weakness

vaginal itching or irritation

vomiting of blood

yellowing of the skin or eyes

Incidence not known



burning, numbness, tingling, or painful sensations

chest discomfort


difficulty with speaking

doing things to injure oneself

inability to move the arms, legs, or facial muscles

inability to speak

pain in the chest, groin, or legs, especially calves

pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck

slow speech

slurred speech

sudden loss of coordination

sudden, severe weakness or numbness in the arms or legs


thoughts of killing oneself

unsteadiness or awkwardness

vision changes

weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:

Symptoms of overdose

Dizziness or lightheadedness

feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings

sensation of spinning

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Chapped, red, or swollen lips

difficulty in wearing contact lenses

dry or runny nose

dryness of the eyes

increased ability to sunburn

increased amount of ear wax (unusual)

irritation in the mouth or swollen gums

itchy skin

loss of hair (usually reversible)

scaling and peeling of the eyelids, fingertips, palms, and soles of feet

sticky skin

unusual thirst

Less common


increased sweating

Incidence not known

Cracking fingernails or fingernails break easily

muscular pain, tenderness, wasting, or weakness

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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