Acitretin

(Neotigason®, Acetretin)

Available as tablets or capsules.
Capsules
Available as soluble tablets?
No
Available as a liquid?
No
Available as something for placing under your tongue?
No
Available as something for placing on your gum?
No
Available as granules?
No
Available as a patch for putting on your skin?
No
Available as an injection?
No
Available as nasal/oral spray?
No
Safe or appropriate to crush
No - The hard capsules are taken whole once daily with meals or with milk
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Generic name
Acetretin
Usual formulation brand names
Neotigason®
Is tablet/capsule specially coated?
No
Modified release
No
Film coated
No
Enteric coated
No
Sugar coated
No
Soluble tablet strength
-
Sublingual/buccal formulation strength
-
Granule strength
-
Transdermal patch strength
-
Injection strength
-
Nasal/oral spray Strength
-
Available as a licensed liquid or special?
Special
Are specials or imports available?
Special
Liquid strengths
Check with specials manufacturer
Is the liquid medicine sugar free?
Check with specials manufacturer
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
No
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Current resources suggest that it is likely to be safe to administer via enteral feeding tubes, however this is an unlicensed use of the medication. Clinicians should refer to specialist resources for advice on how to administer this medication via enteral feeding tubes.
Notes
The medication is insoluble in water and degraded by light. Acitretin is teratogenic and therefore exposure of women of child bearing potential to the medication should be avoided. It is absolutely essential to keep to the dose of acitretin calculated by the doctor.