Brand Names : Soriatane, 13-cis acitretin, etretin, isoetretin
- Antipsoriatic (systemic)
- keratinization stabilizer (systemic)
is used to help relieve and control severe skin disorders, such as severe
psoriasis. It works by allowing normal growth and development of the skin.
Acitretin may continue to work after you stop taking it, but usually after
a time, the skin condition returns and you may need to begin taking it again.
Acitretin must not be used to treat women who are able
to bear children unless other forms of treatment have been tried first and
failed. Acitretin must not be taken during pregnancy because it causes birth
defects in humans. If you are able to bear children, it is very important
that you read, understand, and follow the pregnancy warnings for acitretin
You must take important precautions while taking acitretin
and continue with them for a period of time after you stop taking the medicine
. The precautions are:
If you do not think these precautions are reasonable, you should
discuss this with your doctor before
to take this medicine.
Women should not become pregnant
use two methods of very effective birth control. The birth control methods
should begin 1 month before starting the medicine and continue for at least 2 or 3 years
after discontinuing the medicine
or as directed by your doctor.
Men and women should not donate blood
for transfusion purposes during treatment and for 2 or
after discontinuing the medicine or as directed by your doctor.
Men and women should not drink alcohol
during treatment and for 2 months after discontinuing the medicine.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the
following dosage form(s):
Tablets (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
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