What is Acitretin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Soriatane Soriatane CK

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Acitretin is a retinoid compound used in the treatment of severe psoriasis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Psoriasis 33 13
Flat warts 1 0
Ichthyosis vulgaris 1 1
Keratoderma climactericum 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 7
Mild 1
None 4

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Acitretin

Side effect Patients
Hair loss 3
Blurry vision 1
Brittle nails 1
Dry lips 1
Headaches 1
Heart palpitations 1

Show all 15 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Acitretin

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 1
30 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Acitretin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 10
Did not seem to work 9
Doctor's advice 4
Expense 4
Other 3
Personal research 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 20 patients who've stopped taking Acitretin

Duration

Currently taking Acitretin

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Acitretin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 9
Usually 2
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 7
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 3
Not specified 7

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Acitretin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Steroids (oral steroids) 1

Patients stopped taking Acitretin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Cyclosporine (Neoral) 1
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Acitretin

May 16, 2011 (Started Mar 25, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for psoriasis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was told not to take a multi-vitamin while taking this due to the impact of taking too much Vitamin A while on this medication. I also am not allowed to donate blood anymore. I am O neg with positive RH to a level that is makes my blood very good for infants. I feel bad because there are infants that need blood, and mine was good, but now I can't contribute anymore. I have to wait 2 years after I stop taking this medication.

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