Acitretin is mainly used to treat severe psoriasis, an inflammatory condition of the skin with increased turnover of skin cells, creating red, scaly patches of skin. The medication works by regulating the normal growth and development of skin cells.
Certain side effects of this medication may happen and may even disappear during treatment:
Very rarely, this medication may cause the following symptoms:
Symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
Some of these side effects:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
Acitretin should be taken with or after food for better absorption. Swallow the capsule whole, do not crush or chew it.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Pack acitretin into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.