No, Acrotac 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 Acrotac?
Do not consume anything that contains alcohol while taking Acrotac and for 2 months after treatment. Acrotac and alcohol combine to form a substance that may remain in the body for more than 3 years.
Q. How long does Acrotac take to work?
Acrotac 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 Acrotac?
Acrotac can cause serious birth defects in your unborn child. Therefore, you should not take Acrotac if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant within the next 3 years. Acrotac 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 Acrotac affect sperm?
No, Acrotac 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 Acrotac?
It is generally recommended to take Acrotac 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 Acrotac?
No, you should not donate blood while on Acrotac. Moreover, do not donate blood 3 years after stopping the treatment with Acrotac. The medicine present in your blood can harm an unborn child if your blood is given to a pregnant mother. However, Acrotac does not affect your ability to receive a blood transfusion.
Q. What should I avoid while taking Acrotac?
Acrotac 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 Acrotac can make your skin more sensitive to ultraviolet light.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 18th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.