Acitretin - Drug Information

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Generic Name : Acitretin

Pronunciation : A-si-TRE-tin

Latest prescription information about Acitretin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Antipsoriatics

Trade Name(s): 

India : 

International : 

Neotigason, Soriatane, Soriatane CK

Why it is prescribed : 

This medication is a synthetic retinoid, prescribed for severe psoriasis (abnormal growth of skin cells that causes red, thickened, or scaly skin)It regulates the growth of epidermal cells. 

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): 

Contraindicated in patients with liver, kidney impairment, during pregnancy (before the start, during and at least 2-3 yr after cessation of therapy), lactation, increased level of lipids in blood.

Pregnancy Category :

A B C D X

Category X :

Animal and/or human studies have demonstrated fetal injury and potential risks outweigh the benefits of the drug in pregnancy. These drugs are found to be harmful when taken during pregnancy, and should not be used.

Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications): 

Adult: PO- The recommended dose is 25 to 50 mg per day, given as a single dose with the main meal.

How it should be taken : 

It comes as a capsule to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day with the main meal.

Warnings and Precautions : 

It may cause drowsiness or vision changes. Do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Acitretin is noted for the possibility of severe birth defects and should not be used by pregnant women or women planning to get pregnant within 3 years following the use of this medication.
Sexually active women of childbearing age who use Acitretin should also use at least 2 forms of birth control concurrently.
Avoid blood donation during therapy or at least 1-3 years after stopping therapy.
It may make your skin sensitive to light, so avoid sunlight.
Remove contact lenses while using this medication otherwise it will increase irritation.
Monitor liver function, plasma lipid and glucose levels (especially in diabetic patients) regularly.

Side Effects : 

Hypervitaminosis A syndrome (Excess intake of Vitamin A).

  Heart
- Heart attack, clots in blood vessels and stroke.

  Central Nervous System
- Headache, shakiness, sleeplessness, aggressive feelings and/or suicidal thoughts and depression.

  Gastrointestinal
- Dry mouth, increased thirst, taste changes, nausea, vomiting, inflammation of the pancreas and lower stomach pain.

  Skin
- Rash, sweating, itching, scaling, dryness, thinning, dry or chapped lips, damage of skin, abnormal skin odor, hair loss and nail damage.

  Genitourinary
- Vulvo-vaginal infection due to fungal infection.

  Hypersensitivity
- Allergic reaction includes: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness and trouble in breathing.

  Miscellaneous
- Fever, chills, dark urine and peeling of skin.

  Potentially Fatal
- Sunburn, jaundice and liver toxicity.

Other Precautions : 

Avoid alcohol consumption while taking this medication.
Do not double the dose to catch up missed dosage.

Storage Conditions : 

Store between 15 and 25C (59 and 77F) in an airtight container. Protect from light. Avoid exposure to high temperatures and humidity after the bottle is opened. Keep away from children.


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