Which skin conditions can be treated with acitretin?

Effectiveness and Treatments


Effectiveness and Treatments

Duration of Cure

Side Effects

Acitretin is commonly used to treat psoriasis. It is also approved to treat Darier’s disease, certain types of ichthyosis, lichen planus, lupus erythematosus, and pityriasis rubra pilaris.

Acitretin is particularly useful for some types of psoriasis, including pustular psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis, and psoriasis affecting the hands and feet. It is not effective for psoriatic arthritis.

It is occasionally used to treat other skin conditions, including:

– Palmoplantar pustulosis
– Hand dermatitis (when very thick and scaly)
– Darier disease
– Lichen planus
– Lichen sclerosus
– Lupus erythematosus
– Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
– Extensive granuloma annulare
– Severe ichthyosis
– Widespread actinic keratoses and skin cancers
– Extensive warts

Can acitretin completely cure my skin condition?
Acitretin is not a cure for skin conditions. The skin condition may return once acitretin treatment is stopped.

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