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Can I take oral retinoidsfor psoriasis while trying to get pregnant?

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The chance of your baby being born with birth defects goes up a lot if you take these meds by mouth. Doctors usually don’t recommend them as treatment for women in their childbearing years, so you probably aren’t taking any of them.

You should never take acitretin (Neotigason, Soriatane) before or during pregnancy. Doctors recommend waiting 3 years after you stop the medication before you try to get pregnant.

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Calcipotriene.”

BMJ: “Management of psoriasis in pregnancy.”

Brazilian Annals of Dermatology: “Treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis during pregnancy and breastfeeding.”

FDA.gov: “Draft Guidance on Tazarotene.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis.”

Medscape: “Psoriasis and the Pregnant Woman.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Treatment with Systemics,” “Treatment with Topicals During Pregnancy.”

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “Fertility, Conception, and Pregnancy.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 5, 2017

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Calcipotriene.”

BMJ: “Management of psoriasis in pregnancy.”

Brazilian Annals of Dermatology: “Treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis during pregnancy and breastfeeding.”

FDA.gov: “Draft Guidance on Tazarotene.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis.”

Medscape: “Psoriasis and the Pregnant Woman.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Treatment with Systemics,” “Treatment with Topicals During Pregnancy.”

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “Fertility, Conception, and Pregnancy.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 5, 2017

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