Acitretin

Active ingredient 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.

Medicine classification

This medicinal substance has been classified in the anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) classification according to its main therapeutic use as follows:

ATC code
Group title
Classification
Acitretin
D Dermatologicals → D05 Antipsoriatics → D05B Antipsoriatics for systemic use → D05BB Retinoids for treatment of psoriasis
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Medicines

Acitretin is the active ingredient of these drugs:

Drug
Countries

Poland

Austria

Australia Brazil Finland Hong Kong Ireland

Australia

New Zealand Singapore

Canada France United States

Hong Kong

Australia

Italy

Product monographs

Medicine agencies around the world have authorized marketing of this active ingredient according to these medication package inserts (MPIs):

Title
Type
Country
Structured Product Labeling (SPL)
US
Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC)
UK

Structural formula

Graphic representation of the active ingredient's molecular structure

Unique ingredient identifier (UNII)

LCH760E9T7 - ACITRETIN

CAS registry number

55079-83-9 - acitretin

SNOMED-CT

386938006 - Acitretin (substance)