What is Neotigason (Acitretin) used for?
Neotigason (Acitretin) is used to treat various skin conditions, including psoriasis, and other conditions. This drug inhibits the abnormal growth of cells, while also helping to prevent the thickening of cells which can occur as a result of psoriasis. This helps to reduce scaling of the skin, thickening of the skin, and also decreases the amount of plaque formed.
How should I use Neotigason (Acitretin)?
Neotigason (Acitretin) comes in the form of capsules, which should be swallowed whole with a glass of water. This drug is only used to treat severe skin conditions when treatment with other medications has proven unsuccessful. You will most likely be under the supervision of a dermatologist while undergoing treatment with this drug. When you start taking this drug, you may be told to take it for 2 to 4 weeks. After this initial period of treatment, your physician may need to alter your dose, depending on how you respond to treatment. You may be told to take it for another 6 to 8 weeks. Follow all instructions provided to you by your physician.
What are the side effects of Neotigason (Acitretin)?
Some possible side effects which may occur as a result of taking Neotigason (Acitretin) include:
All patients should note that there is a risk of other more serious side effects, such as hypoglycemia when taking this medication. You should immediately inform your physician if any side effects are noticed while you are undergoing treatment with this medication.
This drug can cause serious birth defects. Women who are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant within 3 years of finishing treatment with this drug should not take it. Female patients should also take all the necessary precautions and use effective contraception while using this drug, so as to ensure that they do not get pregnant.
It is known that a small quantity of this drug will be present in the semen of male patients who take this drug. Although it is not known whether or not it will cause birth defects, male patients are advised to discuss the risk of this with their physician before taking this medication.
You should not donate blood for 3 years after you take this drug. Female patients should also avoid breastfeeding for 3 years after finishing treatment with this medication.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Neotigason (Acitretin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.