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What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
• Do not donate blood while using this medicine and for 3 years after stopping.
• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
• If you have mental illness, talk with healthcare provider.
• Avoid other sources of vitamin A.
• Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor) while using this medicine and for 2 months after medicine is stopped.
• You can get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen; wear protective clothing and eyewear.
• If you are a female of childbearing age, talk with healthcare provider about pregnancy risks when taking this medicine. You will also get a written paper talking about the risks.
• You must have two pregnancy tests that confirm you are not pregnant. You need a pregnancy test every month in order to get more medicine.
• Use two forms of birth control that you can trust 1 month before treatment begins, during treatment, and for at least 3 years after treatment ends.
• Do not use birth control pills that have a low dose of progesterone. They may not work well.
What are some possible side effects of this medicine?
• Serious mental problems such as depression.
• Liver damage can rarely occur.
• High cholesterol level.
• High triglyceride level.
• Mouth irritation. Frequent mouth care with a soft toothbrush or cotton swabs and rinsing mouth may help.
• Nasal irritation.
• Skin irritation.
• Eye irritation.
• Dry mouth. Frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
• Hair loss. Hair usually grows back when medicine is stopped.
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
• If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.
• Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
• Signs or symptoms of depression, suicidal thoughts, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, abnormal thinking, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
• Violent actions or thoughts of violence.
• Severe headache.
• Severe nausea or vomiting.
• Severe belly pain.
• Not able to eat.
• Severe muscle pain or weakness.
• Sudden change in vision, eye pain, or irritation.
• Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
• For females, if you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
• Any rash.
• No improvement in condition or feeling worse.