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How does acitretin treat moderate to severe psoriasis?

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Acitretin (Soriatane) is a drug made from vitamin A that affects the way your skin cells grow and shed. If you have plaque psoriasis -- inflamed, red skin with silvery scales -- it works best when you pair it with light phototherapy. On its own, it works well to treat pustular psoriasis (a breakout of sore, red blisters or pus bumps) and erythrodermic psoriasis, where most of your skin looks intensely red and peeling, as if it's burned.

From: Other Medications for Psoriasis WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Abel, E. "Psoriasis," , BC Decker, 2005. ACP Medicine

American Academy of Dermatology.

American College of Rheumatology: "Psoriatic Arthritis."

FDA. "FDA approves new psoriasis drug Taltz," “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade,” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, New York; associate clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant to Amgen and Genentech.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Strober, Bruce E., MD, PhD, associate professor, vice chairman, director of clinical trials, department of dermatology, University of Connecticut; consultant to NexGenix Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3M.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 12, 2018

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