Description

Acitretin, a synthetic aromatic derivative of retinoic acid, has a favourable therapeutic ratio, with a greater and more specific inhibitory effect on psoriasis and disorders of epithelial keratinisation. The usual therapeutic response to acitretin consists of desquamation (with or without erythema) followed by more normal re-epithelialisation. Acitretin is the main active metabolite of etretinate.

ATC Classification

Code
Title
Category
Acitretin
D Dermatologicals → D05 Antipsoriatics → D05B Antipsoriatics for systemic use → D05BB Retinoids for treatment of psoriasis

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