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    Brand Name:Targretin
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
1999-12-29 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Eisai Medical Research Inc.
This drug is available in the following forms:
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About Targretin

Targretin is used to treat skin problems from a disease called cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, or CTCL. Your doctor must supervise the use of Targretin capsules.

Precautions for Targretin

Your skin may become more sensitive to sunlight while taking this medicine. Individuals taking Targretin should minimize exposure to sunlight and not use a sunlamp.

Side Effects of Targretin

The most common side effect is an increase in blood lipids (fats in the blood). Periodic blood tests will be needed to check blood levels of lipids, including triglycerides and cholesterol. Medication may be needed to control high fat levels in the blood.

Another common side effect is underactive thyroid. Periodic blood tests will be needed to detect thyroid activity. Medication to control underactive thyroid may be necessary.

An infrequent side effect of Targretin is pancreatitis (inflamed pancreas). Symptoms of pancreatitis include persistent nausea, vomiting, and abdominal or back pain. If you develop any of these symptoms while taking Targretin, contact your doctor immediately.

Who Should Not Take Targretin

  • Do not take Targretin capsules if you are pregnant or if you plan to become pregnant.
  • Do not take Targretin capsules if you are allergic to this medicine.
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would like to know if this medicine effects vison thank you.

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I have been on the medication for 2 years, i have a constant problem with elevated triglycerides

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I have CTCL I took soriatane for almost 2 years and did well. My dermatologist discontinued the soriatane 2 1/2 years ago and now the CTCL is reappearing. I am scared but,I am considering Targretin. I think there is not much choice left and although, the soriatane helped me I hated how my skin look all sticky and dull and every one asked me daily if I was not feeling good. I felt fine but, embarrassed.

wt. gain w/ Targretin?

Has anyone experienced weight gain with Targretin related to it's thyroid suppression?

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I have been on Targretin for Cutaneous Tcell Lymphoma for 5 years.
I have had the side effects of high cholestrol. It keeps my Lymphoma in remission, as I have been taken off 3 times in the 5 years and the skin tumors come back quickly.

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I have been on targretin for well over 2 years now in the treatment of cutaneous tcell lymphoma.. I currently take 225mg each day to keep the lymphoma at bay. When we have stopped the targretin, skin tumors come back in less than one week... It does raise my cholestrol and trigs... The worse side effect so far is the high cholestrol...


would like to know if anyone experiences calf and leg irregularity since taking this medication. i cant sleep at night because of the discomfort

combined therapy

i think it's not a bad idea to take Lipitor with Targretin to stabile your triglycerides.

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I have a type 3 lung tumor (wet) which is terminal. I have been taking Targretin as part of a clinical trial for 8 months. My tumor was first discovered a year before my trial started. My last visit with my Oncologist indicated no change in my tumor or the associated fluid. When the doctor asked me how I felt, I told him I didn't feel like somebody who was fixing to croak. His response was that I wasn't dying. The same man told me in the past that I probably had a year an a half to live when I started the program.

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I was wondering if this would help Fibromyalgia patients?

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