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What is acitretin?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Acitretin (Soriatane) is a retinoid, a drug made from vitamin A. It is taken as a pill, and works best for pustular psoriasis. People may need to take this drug for a few months before they see a change in their symptoms. 

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