Effectiveness and Treatments

Duration of Cure

Side Effects

Acitretin is a type of drug known as a retinoid. Retinoids, closely linked to vitamin A, work by slowing down cell growth in the skin.

It is an oral retinoid (a vitamin A derivative) used to treat severe psoriasis, typically at a dose of 0.25–1 mg per kg of body weight per day. It is best taken after a meal because it requires fat to be absorbed through the gut wall.

Acitretin is available in 10 mg and 25 mg capsules. Trade names include Neotigason™ and Novatretin®. Since March 2009, PHARMAC funding in New Zealand requires a Special Authority application by a dermatologist or vocationally registered general practitioner. Restrictions apply.

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