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Gain From Soriatane?
Hello. I have been
taking Soriatane for approximately 6 months. In the first three months or
so, I had a few side effects, but they have finally stopped. I had
horrible chapped lips (cracked and bleeding in the corners) but that
eventually cleared and using lots of Vaseline helped. Also, for the first
month, I had hot flashes, like I was sunburned, plus my skin itched
terribly. So far, my blood work has been good. My psoriasis has cleared
probably about 95% since taking Soriatane. Every so often I get a lesion
which lasts about 2-3 days and then disappears.
The only part of my body that has NOT completely cleared is my
scalp, but it's not nearly as bad as it was before taking Soriatane.
I have a
question. Do you know if Soriatane can cause major weight gain? If so, do
you know whether or not the patient will lose the gained weight after
stopping Soriatane? I have gained approximately 15-20 lbs in the last 6
months, BUT I was also taking Paxil which may have been the cause. -Donna
Response: According to the
detailed “warnings” text available at the Soriatane website, some
person or persons during the trials did report weight gain during the
trials. To find this, follow
Scroll down to the fourth paragraph of text and click on the
text-link “see boxed warning.”
A pop-up window appears containing what is, essentially, the
fine-print insert packed in a prescription pill bottle (but much easier to
read on screen!). Scroll a
long ways down until you get to a table titled “Table 2 | Adverse Events
Less Frequently Reported During Clinical Trials (Some Which May Bear No
Relationship to Therapy) | n=525 (patients reporting).”
Scroll down the table until you get to the row labeled “Body as a
Whole.” You will see a list
of eight symptoms. “Weight
gain” is the last on the list.
This is the
only reference to weight gain I found.
A number of FlakeHQ readers have or are taking Soriatane. I’d be interested in anybody weighing-in (pun intended) on this issue of weight gain. Has it happened to you? -Ed