Acitretin is an oral retinoid medication used primarily in dermatology for the treatment of severe psoriasis, a chronic skin condition characterized by the rapid buildup of skin cells, resulting in thick, red, and scaly patches.
How to take Acitretin:
Acitretin is taken orally in the form of a capsule.
The dosage will be determined by your healthcare provider based on the severity of your psoriasis and your response to the medication.
It is usually taken with food to enhance absorption.
Follow your healthcare provider's instructions carefully, and do not adjust the dosage without consulting them.
Possible side effects of Acitretin:
Acitretin may cause some side effects, including:
Dry skin and mucous membranes
Dry or red eyes
Increased levels of triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood
If you experience severe side effects or any signs of an allergic reaction, such as difficulty breathing or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, seek medical attention promptly.
Precautions and warnings for Acitretin:
Before taking Acitretin, it's important to:
Inform your healthcare provider of any medical conditions, especially liver disease, kidney disease, or lipid metabolism disorders.
Let your healthcare provider know about all medications and supplements you are taking, as interactions may occur.
Use effective contraception during and for a certain period after discontinuing Acitretin, as it can cause severe birth defects.
Avoid alcohol consumption during Acitretin treatment.
Regular monitoring and follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider are essential when taking Acitretin.
Acitretin is a prescription medication and should be taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider. If you have questions or concerns about its use, consult your healthcare provider.