Soriatane® (acitretin) is a type of medicine known as a retinoid. Retinoids have a structure similar to vitamin A and are involved in the normal growth of skin cells. Soriatane® is indicated for the treatment of severe psoriasis (includes erythrodermic and pustular types) and other disorders of keratinization.
Soriatane®, a prescription medication, works by inhibiting the excessive cell growth and keratinization (process by which skin cells become thickened due to the deposition of a protein within them) seen in psoriasis. It therefore reduces the thickening of the skin, plaque formation and scaling.
Soriatane® should not be used in females of reproductive potential without appropriate birth control. Females of child bearing potential should visit www.soriatane.ca for details about the Pregnancy Prevention Program.
Psoriasis Society of Canada