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Soriatane Success Story
from Maggie M.

Hi Ed: I want to let you know that I have survived the first few months of taking soriatane. I took 25 mg a day, for 4 months. Two weeks ago, I went completely off soriatane. The medicine has worked a miracle for me; I feel like a brand new person.

I am a 35 year old woman, and I have suffered from P for many years, honestly I can't remember when the first outbreak was. I have tried almost every topical cream that is out there, sometimes they worked and sometimes they didn't. I have also tried PUVA; it only worked for a little while. I have heard that P sufferers need to be stress free — well, that does not work for me, because my middle name is STRESS. My stress started at the age of 10 when I lost my dad — with whom I was very close — to suicide. Stress has stayed with me, and I am sure it will never leave me.

Although, while taking soriatane, I was under a great deal of stress, the medicine still worked for me. I had a few side effects including dry lips and hair loss, but nothing to complain about. -Maggie M.

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Ed’s Response: Thanks for reporting on your soriatane experience, Maggie. We had a mini-flurry of correspondence here about this oral retinoid sometime after it replaced Tegison in 1998, after which nothing much has been said — so it’s good to hear from a recent user.

According to NPF, "Soriatane is a potent oral drug used to treat severe cases of psoriasis including pustular and erythrodermic forms that do not respond to other therapies." Read more by clicking here. The two most-discussed dangers while taking the drug are its capability of causing birth defects and of becoming toxic when combined with alcohol.

We hope your remission is long-lasting. -Ed

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