An Introduction to Your Dose of Acitretin
The dose of acitretin
) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on how you react to the medication. As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Acitretin Dosage for Psoriasis
The recommended starting dose for acitretin is 25 mg to 50 mg once daily. If you start with the lower dose, your healthcare provider may later decide to increase the amount if the medication is not working well enough. If you are taking the higher dosage, your healthcare provider may decide to decrease it if side effects become intolerable or dangerous.
General Dosing Information
Some considerations for people taking acitretin include the following:
- Acitretin comes in capsule form. It is usually taken by mouth once daily with the main meal of the day.
- It is important to take the medication with food, as food improves the absorption of this medication.
- Women must completely avoid drinking all alcohol (even small amounts of alcohol in cough syrups) while taking acitretin and for two months after stopping the medication. Alcohol changes the way the body metabolizes and stores this medication, causing acitretin to stay in the body for an extremely long time (for more than three years). This restriction is mostly for women, due to the risk of birth defects.
- There are strict rules for taking acitretin. Women of childbearing potential must use two effective forms of birth control and must have frequent pregnancy tests. Women who take acitretin must not get pregnant for three years after stopping the medication.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or acitretin dosing in general, please talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.