Who Needs Novatretin?

Novatretin is used to treat severe Psoriasis and a number of other conditions where the growth of skin cells needs to be normalized.

What Is Novatretin ?

Novatretin capsules contain a medication known as acitretin. It is a similar substance to Vitamin A, but the action of acitretin is very different. Novatretin works by normalizing skin cell growth.


While you are taking Novatretin you will need to follow very carefully all the instructions given to you by your doctor. You should also follow the advice given to you in this booklet, as it will help you to look after your skin during your Novatretin treatment and may give you some information on other ways you can help managed your condition.

How Long Will I Be Taking Novatretin?

The course of Novatretin treatment will vary from patient to patient. Your doctor will advise you how long to take your Novatretin. In most cases the treatment takes 6 weeks before an improvement will be noticed. Treatment could last for several months and sometimes needs to be continued for a year or more.

Novatretin is often used together with other products or with UVA or UVB Ultraviolet light. You should follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.

The healing process that is started with Novatretin may continue after the treatment has ceased. You will need to keep taking your Novatretin for as long as your doctor has told you to.

If you stop sooner you may not get the full benefits of Novatretin. If your condition has not been cleared, a longer course of Novatretin may be considered by your doctor.

Are there any side effects?

As with all medicines, there are side effects with Novatretin. The side effects include dryness in several parts of the body, possible tiredness, and sometimes aching of the muscles and bones.

More information on side effects can be found in the Side Effects section of this booklet.

Novatretin and Potential Birth Defects

Novatretin should NEVER be used by pregnant women or by women who intend to become pregnant, during or for three years after, their Novatretin treatment.

All possibility of pregnancy MUST be ruled out before you start your Novatretin treatment.
Strict birth control methods should be used for at least one month before you start your Novatretin, during your whole Novatretin treatment and for three years after you stop taking Novatretin. Three years after you have finished your Novatretin, you can resume your normal practices.

Further information about Novatretin and birth defects can be found in the Contraception section of this booklet. There is no known risk to males who wish to father children.

Who can’t take Novatretin?

People who can’t take Novatretin include pregnant women or women who are breast feeding and people suffering from certain medical conditions such as impaired liver or kidney function.

Please tell your doctor if you have any other conditions or take any other medications.

Laboratory Tests

Sometimes you may be asked to have blood tests done. These establish a baseline for your liver function, blood lipids, and for females can also confirm that you are not pregnant. Follow your doctor’s advice before having blood taken.