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What are the side effects of retinoids that treat psoriasis?

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  • When treatments like creams, ointments, shampoos, and phototherapy don't do enough to control your psoriasis, you may need to take medicine. Retinoids, for example, are drugs made from vitamin A that can raise your chances of liver problems. Your doctor will do regular blood tests to watch for that. They also bring a risk of birth defects, so women who take them shouldn't get pregnant for at least 3 years afterward. Other possible side effects include: Depression
  • Dry, cracked skin or lips
  • Hair loss
  • Joint pain
  • Nosebleeds
  • Trouble seeing in the dark

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis."

Mayo Clinic: "Psoriasis Treatments and Drugs."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Over-the-counter (OTC) Topicals," "Phototherapy."

UpToDate : "Patient education: Psoriasis (Beyond the Basics)," "Treatment of Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 30, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis."

Mayo Clinic: "Psoriasis Treatments and Drugs."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Over-the-counter (OTC) Topicals," "Phototherapy."

UpToDate : "Patient education: Psoriasis (Beyond the Basics)," "Treatment of Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 30, 2017

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