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What are the side effects of alitretinoin?

Some people may experience side effects while using alitretinoin. Many side effects are mild and only require medical attention if problems persist or become severe. Common side effects include: burning, flaking, itching, lightening or darkening of the skin, pain, peeling, rash, redness, scaling, skin inflammation, skin irritation, stinging, swelling or blistering, pain at the application site and tingling.
Other side effects require immediate help. Call a doctor if you experience blistering, cracking, crusting, draining, excessive pain, oozing, scabbing of the skin or swelling. Seek medical attention if you have an allergic reaction to alitretinoin. Signs of an allergic reaction include: rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest and swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue.

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