Chemical formula: C₂₁H₂₆O₃  Molecular mass: 326.429 g/mol  PubChem compound: 5284513

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
D05BB02 Acitretin D Dermatologicals → D05 Antipsoriatics → D05B Antipsoriatics for systemic use → D05BB Retinoids for treatment of psoriasis
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Product monographs

Competent medicine agencies globally have authorized commercialization of this active ingredient according to these medication package inserts (MPIs):

Title Information Source Document Type  
SORIATANE Capsule FDA, National Drug Code (US) MPI, US: SPL/Old
ACITRETIN Capsule, hard Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (GB) MPI, EU: SmPC

Structural formula

Graphic representation of the active ingredient's molecular structure

External identifiers

CAS Substance: 55079-83-9
DrugBank Drug: DB00459
KEGG Drug: D02754
PubChem Compound: 5284513
RxNorm Ingredient: 16818
SNOMED-CT Concept: 386938006
Acitretin (substance)
UNII Identifier: LCH760E9T7


Acitretin is an active ingredient of these brands:

United States (US)

Australia (AU)

Austria (AT)

Brazil (BR)

Canada (CA)

Croatia (HR)

Estonia (EE)

Finland (FI)

France (FR)

Hong Kong (HK)

Ireland (IE)

Israel (IL)

Italy (IT)

Lithuania (LT)

Malta (MT)

Netherlands (NL)

New Zealand (NZ)

Poland (PL)

Singapore (SG)

South Africa (ZA)

Spain (ES)

Tunisia (TN)

Turkey (TR)

United Kingdom (UK)

Note the following: The list of brand names is continuously updated, and thus does not include the total of products circulating worldwide.

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