Acetretin review

Acetretin is a medicament considered as a second-generation retinoid that can be taken orally by people suffering from severe skin illness. It is capable of controlling and treating the effects of skin illness.

Acetretin is distributed under the trade name Soriatane and used primarily in treating psoriasis patients. Psoriasis is a type of severe skin illness that greatly affects the physical appearance of the skin.

Acetretin is a medicament categorized as least toxic systemic that can treat psoriasis. The medicament comes in the form of a capsule and can be taken orally.

Acetretin works by helping the skin to develop normally. The medicament has long-term effectiveness but needs to be taken regularly in order to maintain the skin's healing progress.

The recommended dose for adult patients with severe psoriasis is 25 to 50mg per day. The doctor may increase the dose after four weeks of medicament depending on the progress.

Other skin illnesss such as keratosis follicularis, bullous and other skin disorders may take up to a 25mg dose per day.

It is best to consume the medicine after meals so as to avoid the effect of the medicine with an empty stomach.

The doctor might change the dose based on the effectiveness of the medicament on the condition of the patient.

There are many unwanted side effects that are caused by taking Acetretin. Some of the side effects may occur to some patients but for others it might not. It is highly recommended to seek immediate medical attention should there be any signs of side effects.

The most common side effects include vomiting, cephalalgia, back pain, arthralgia, decrease in hearing, sensitivity to pain, skin redness, insomnia, muscle pain and many other side effects.

There are also rare side effects that include chest pain, affected vision, nosebleeds, paralysis, coughing of blood, tiredness, and change in skin color. Since one of the side effects is that it affects the vision, it is recommended to avoid driving and any extreme activities while taking this medicament.

If any of the side effects or you have suspected any signs of side effects, it is best to visit your doctor immediately.

Before taking Acetretin, you should have a thorough consultation with your doctor. Acetretin is a prescribed medicament and should never be taken without advice from a qualified medical professional.

Medicating with Acetretin is not recommended for women who are capable of having a child unless all other alternative medicaments have failed. Acetretin is also not advisable for pregnant women because it might cause birth defects and may harm the baby.

In the case that a woman needs the medicine, the patient should avoid becoming pregnant through methods of birth control. The patient should begin birth control methods a month prior to taking Acetretin. The birth control should continue a minimum of two years after the patient takes their last dose of Acetretin.

Individuals who are using Acetretin are advised not to donate blood to anyone for two to three years after ending medicament. It is also recommended to avoid alcoholic drinks during and after treatment.

Patients should also avoid too much exposure with cold weather, sunlight and wind because the skin can easily be irritated as a result of medicament.

Acetretin has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of acetretin

• Molecular formula of acetretin is C21H26O3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 9-(4-methoxy-2,3,6-trimethyl-phenyl)-3,7-dimethyl-nona-2,4,6,8-tetraenoic acid
• Molecular weight is 326.429 g/mol
Acetretin available : 10mg tablets and 25mg tablets

Generic name: Acitretin

Brand name(s): Soriatane

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