What Are The Uses Of Acitretin?
Acitretin, a vitamin A derivative (retinoid), is primarily used for the treatment of severe psoriasis in adults.
Some other uses of Acitretin are:
- Congenital ichthyosis
- Severe lichen planus
- Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
- Ichthyosiform Erythroderma
What Are The Side Effects Of Acitretin?
Common side effects of acitretin include:
- Redness, itching
- Skin scaling, peeling
- Dry skin
- Sticky feeling on the skin for the first few weeks as one’s body adjusts to the medication.
- Probability of birth defects
What Are The Contraindications Of Acitretin?
Do not use acitretin if:
- You are allergic to any ingredient in acitretin or any other retinoid.
- You have a kidney or severe liver problem.
- You have constant high blood lipid levels.
- You are or planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Females who are planning to bear a child should not take acitretin for at least 3 years before pregnancy.
- You are taking a tetracycline, methotrexate or vitamin A.