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What should I know before taking acitretin?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Your doctor will need to check your cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and liver enzymes before you start treatment. Women who can get pregnant must have 2 pregnancy tests before they start treatment.  If you are pregnant, you should not take acitretin. You should not become pregnant until at least 3 years after stopping acitretin.

If you take acitretin, you should avoid multivitamins, vitamin A, and alcohol. Women who can get pregnant should not drink alcohol while taking acitretin and for 2 months after they stop the drug.

You should not take acitretin if you are breastfeeing or have any of the following:

  • high cholesterol or triglycerides
  • severe kidney impairment
  • severe liver impairment

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