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Acitrin 10mg Capsule

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Overview

Introduction

Acitrin 10mg Capsule is a medicine that is similar to vitamin A and is involved in the normal growth of skin cells. It is used in the treatment of psoriasis. It works by stopping the overgrowth and thickening of skin cells.

Acitrin 10mg Capsule is taken with food in a dose and duration as advised by the doctor. The dose you are given will depend on your condition and how you respond to the medicine. You should keep taking this medicine for as long as your doctor recommends. If you stop treatment too early your symptoms may come back and your condition may worsen. Let your doctor know about all other medications you are taking as some may affect, or be affected by this medicine.

The most common side effects are dry lips, dryness in the mouth, skin peeling, joint pain, itching, runny nose, nosebleeds, hair loss, and increased levels of blood fat. Most of these are temporary and usually resolve with time. Contact your doctor straight away if you are at all concerned about any of these side effects. It may cause dizziness and sleepiness, so do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine as it can make dizziness worse.

Avoid sun exposure and cover the treated areas with clothing or use a sunscreen before stepping out in the sun. Your doctor may get your regular blood tests done to monitor your liver function and the levels of fats such as cholesterol in your blood. You should tell your doctor if you have any kidney or liver diseases so that your doctor can prescribe a suitable dose for you. Before taking this medicine, you should tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding as Acitrin 10mg Capsule can cause fetal abnormalities.

Uses of Acitrin Capsule

Side effects of Acitrin Capsule

Common
  • Dry lips
  • Dryness in mouth
  • Skin peeling
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle tightness
  • Cracked lips
  • Itching
  • Skin peeling
  • Change in finger nails
  • Runny nose
  • Nosebleeds
  • Hair loss
  • Increased levels of blood fat

How to use Acitrin Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Do not chew, crush or break it. Acitrin 10mg Capsule is to be taken with food.

How Acitrin Capsule works

Acitrin 10mg Capsule is a retinoid. It has a structure similar to vitamin A and is involved in the normal growth of skin cells. It works by stopping overgrowth and thickening of skin cells in psoriasis.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Acitrin 10mg Capsule.
Pregnancy
UNSAFE
Acitrin 10mg Capsule is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy. Seek your doctor's advice as studies on pregnant women and animals have shown significant harmful effects to the developing baby.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Acitrin 10mg Capsule is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Acitrin 10mg Capsule may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CAUTION
Acitrin 10mg Capsule should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Acitrin 10mg Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Acitrin 10mg Capsule should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Acitrin 10mg Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

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Quick Tips

  • Acitrin 10mg Capsule helps reduce thickening, plaque formation and scaling of the skin in conditions such as psoriasis.
  • Take it at the same time every day with food or a glass of milk.
  • Do not take Acitrin 10mg Capsule if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding as it can cause birth defects in babies. Use effective methods of contraception to prevent pregnancy.
  • You will need to take pregnancy tests regularly if you are on treatment with and for at least 3 years after you stop taking this medicine.
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight while using Acitrin 10mg Capsule as it increases the sensitivity of your skin. Use protective measures such as sun-creams and protective clothing.
  • It may cause dryness of skin, mouth, and lips. Drink plenty of water and use a moisturiser and lip balm, if needed.
  • It may cause dry eyes and blurring of vision. Avoid wearing contact lenses and be cautious before driving or using machines.
  • Your doctor may get your regular blood tests done to monitor your liver function and the levels of fats such as cholesterol in your blood.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Acitrin with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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Patient Concerns

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FAQs

Q. Is Acitrin an immunosuppressant?

No, Acitrin is not an immunosuppressant. It belongs to the retinoid class of medicines. It is used to treat severe form of psoriasis.

Q. Can I drink alcohol while taking Acitrin?

Do not consume anything that contains alcohol while taking Acitrin and for 2 months after treatment. Acitrin and alcohol combine to form a substance that may remain in the body for more than 3 years.

Q. How long does Acitrin take to work?

Acitrin does not work right away. It may take about 2-4 weeks to see an improvement and about 2-3 months before you see the full benefits of this medicine. Therefore, you should continue taking it even if you do not see any improvement initially.

Q. What is the most important information that I should know about Acitrin?

Acitrin can cause serious birth defects in your unborn child. Therefore, you should not take Acitrin if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant within the next 3 years. Acitrin may also cause liver damage. Therefore, contact your doctor immediately if you experience nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain in the upper right part of the stomach, yellowing of the skin or eyes, or dark urine.

Q. Does Acitrin affect sperm?

No, Acitrin does not affect the sperm. However, it has been seen that small amounts of this medicine may pass into the semen. But, this small amount does not pose a risk to an unborn child.

Q. How should I take Acitrin?

It is generally recommended to take Acitrin once daily with meals or milk. The dosage varies from person to person and is decided by your doctor. Swallow the medicine whole and do not crush or cut it.

Q. Can I donate blood while on Acitrin?

No, you should not donate blood while on Acitrin. Moreover, do not donate blood 3 years after stopping the treatment with Acitrin. The medicine present in your blood can harm an unborn child if your blood is given to a pregnant mother. However, Acitrin does not affect your ability to receive a blood transfusion.

Q. What should I avoid while taking Acitrin?

Acitrin may affect your night vision. Therefore, you should avoid driving at night. Avoid supplemental foods containing vitamin A while taking this medicine since it may add to the side effects. Also, avoid sunlight and sun lamps as Acitrin can make your skin more sensitive to ultraviolet light.

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