Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by Michelle Simmons
Targretin is a drug used to treat a type of skin cancer called T-cell lymphoma in people whose disease could not be treated successfully with at least one other medication. This drug belongs to a group of medications known as retinoids. It works by inhibiting the growth and spread of cancer cells.
Targretin comes as a capsule to be taken orally, usually once a day with food. Bexarotene is the generic name of Targretin.
Targretin should not be used by the following:
- People allergic to Targretin
- Pregnant or if you are a man and your sexual partner is pregnant
Targretin is not suitable for everyone. Tell your doctor if you have:
- a thyroid problem
- an allergy to any other retinoids, such as isotretinoin, tretinoin, acitretin, Accutane, Soriatane, and Vesanoid
- gallbladder disease
- had pancreatitis
- high cholesterol or triglycerides
- if you drink too much alcohol
- liver disease
Known side effects of Targretin
Taking Targretin while pregnant can cause the baby to be born with birth defects.
A person taking Targretin may have one or more of the following common side effects:
- Changes in levels of fats in the blood
- Fatigue or tiredness and weakness
- Greater risk of getting an infection
- Low levels of blood sugar
- Pain in the muscles and joints
- Reduced levels of thyroid hormones
- Sensitivity to sunlight
- Skin rash
In some cases, Targretin may also cause the following side effects:
- A dry mouth
- Breathlessness and looking pale
- Chills or a high temperature
- Dry eyes
- Feeling or being sick
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems
- Sleeping problems
- Stomach pain
- Thinning of hair
- Trouble hearing
Although rare, Targretin may also cause:
- Back pain
- Bruising and bleeding
- Higher levels of thyroid hormone
- Mood changes
- Sensitivity to touch
Body systems that may be harmed by Targretin
The body systems that may be harmed by Targretin include the metabolic, endocrine, hematologic, digestive, nervous, dermatologic, ocular, musculoskeletal, hepatic, and immune systems.
Food items or nutrients that may prevent Targretin’s side effects
The following food items may prevent low blood sugar, a common side effect of Targretin:
- All-natural peanut butter with no added sugar
- Honey or maple syrup
- Medjool dates
- Peanut butter and crackers
- Pure grape juice
Treatments, management plans for the Targretin’s side effects
The following are natural treatments for the side effects of Targretin:
- Fatigue: Fatigue can be treated naturally with practicing graded exercise therapy, having good quality and quantity sleep, and having enough levels of vitamin D.
- Headache: Some of the natural treatments for a headache include drinking water, taking magnesium, avoiding foods high in histamine, using essential oils like peppermint and lavender, and drinking ginger tea.
- Muscle pain: Muscle pain can be treated naturally by having an Epsom salt bath, applying magnesium oil to the sore muscle, applying heat or cold compress, moving around and doing some stretches, drinking water, getting some sleep, drinking cherry juice, and having a warm bath with apple cider vinegar.
Where to learn more
Targretin is a drug used to treat a type of skin cancer called T-cell lymphoma in people whose disease could not be treated successfully with at least one other medication.
Targretin can cause birth defects if taken during pregnancy.
Targretin commonly causes changes in levels of fats in the blood, fatigue, increased risk of infection, headaches, low levels of blood sugar, muscle and joint pain, reduced levels of thyroid hormones, sensitivity to sunlight, and skin rash.