Label: ACITRETIN- acitretin capsule

  • NDC Code(s): 0378-7020-93, 0378-7023-93
  • Packager: Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Category: HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL
  • DEA Schedule: None
  • Marketing Status: Abbreviated New Drug Application

Drug Label Information

Updated May 24, 2018

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    CONTRAINDICATIONS AND WARNINGS

    Pregnancy: Acitretin capsules must not be used by females who are pregnant, or who intend to become pregnant during therapy or at any time for at least 3 years following discontinuation of therapy. Acitretin capsules also must not be used by females who may not use reliable contraception while undergoing treatment and for at least 3 years following discontinuation of treatment. Acitretin is a metabolite of etretinate (TEGISON), and major human fetal abnormalities have been reported with the administration of acitretin and etretinate. Potentially, any fetus exposed can be affected.

    Clinical evidence has shown that concurrent ingestion of acitretin and ethanol has been associated with the formation of etretinate, which has a significantly longer elimination half-life than acitretin. Because the longer elimination half-life of etretinate would increase the duration of teratogenic potential for female patients, ethanol must not be ingested by female patients of childbearing potential either during treatment with acitretin capsules or for 2 months after cessation of therapy. This allows for elimination of acitretin, thus removing the substrate for transesterification to etretinate. The mechanism of the metabolic process for conversion of acitretin to etretinate has not been fully defined. It is not known whether substances other than ethanol are associated with transesterification.

    Acitretin has been shown to be embryotoxic and/or teratogenic in rabbits, mice, and rats at oral doses of 0.6, 3, and 15 mg per kg, respectively. These doses are approximately 0.2, 0.3, and 3 times the maximum recommended therapeutic dose, respectively, based on a mg-per-m2 comparison.

    Major human fetal abnormalities associated with acitretin and/or etretinate administration have been reported including meningomyelocele; meningoencephalocele; multiple synostoses; facial dysmorphia; syndactyly; absence of terminal phalanges; malformations of hip, ankle, and forearm; low-set ears; high palate; decreased cranial volume; cardiovascular malformation; and alterations of the skull and cervical vertebrae.

    Acitretin capsules should be prescribed only by those who have special competence in the diagnosis and treatment of severe psoriasis, are experienced in the use of systemic retinoids, and understand the risk of teratogenicity.

    Because of the teratogenicity of acitretin, a program called the MyMAC program, My Mylan Acitretin Commitment, has been developed to educate women of childbearing potential and their healthcare providers about the serious risks associated with acitretin and to help prevent pregnancies from occurring with the use of this drug and for 3 years after its discontinuation. The MyMAC program requirements are described below and program materials are available at www.acitretincommitment.com or may be requested by calling 1-877-446-3679 (1-877-4-INFO-RX) (see also PRECAUTIONS section).

    Important Information for Women of Childbearing Potential: Acitretin capsules should be considered only for women with severe psoriasis unresponsive to other therapies or whose clinical condition contraindicates the use of other treatments.

    Females of reproductive potential must not be given a prescription for acitretin capsules until pregnancy is excluded. Acitretin capsules are contraindicated in females of reproductive potential unless the patient meets ALL of the following conditions:

    Must have had 2 negative urine or serum pregnancy tests with a sensitivity of at least 25 mIU per mL before receiving the initial prescription for acitretin capsules. The first test (a screening test) is obtained by the prescriber when the decision is made to pursue therapy with acitretin capsules. The second pregnancy test (a confirmation test) should be done during the first 5 days of the menstrual period immediately preceding the beginning of therapy with acitretin capsules. For patients with amenorrhea, the second test should be done at least 11 days after the last act of unprotected sexual intercourse (without using 2 effective forms of contraception [birth control] simultaneously). If the second pregnancy test is negative, initiation of treatment with acitretin capsules should begin within 7 days of the specimen collection. Acitretin capsules should be limited to a monthly supply.
    Must have a pregnancy test with a sensitivity of at least 25 mIU per mL repeated every month during treatment with acitretin capsules. The patient must have a negative result from a urine or serum pregnancy test before receiving a prescription for acitretin capsules. To encourage compliance with this recommendation, a monthly supply of the drug should be prescribed. For at least 3 years after discontinuing therapy with acitretin capsules, a pregnancy test must be repeated every 3 months.
    Must have selected and have committed to use 2 effective forms of contraception (birth control) simultaneously, at least 1 of which must be a primary form, unless absolute abstinence is the chosen method, or the patient has undergone a hysterectomy or is clearly postmenopausal.
    Patients must use 2 effective forms of contraception (birth control) simultaneously for at least 1 month prior to initiation of therapy with acitretin capsules, during therapy with acitretin capsules, and for at least 3 years after discontinuing therapy with acitretin capsules. A Contraception Counseling Referral Form is available so that patients can receive an initial free contraception counseling session and pregnancy testing. Counseling about contraception and behaviors associated with an increased risk of pregnancy must be repeated on a monthly basis by the prescriber during therapy with acitretin capsules and every 3 months for at least 3 years following discontinuation of acitretin capsules.
     
    Effective forms of contraception include both primary and secondary forms of contraception. Primary forms of contraception include: tubal ligation, partner’s vasectomy, intrauterine devices, birth control pills, and injectable/implantable/insertable/topical hormonal birth control products. Secondary forms of contraception include condoms (with or without spermicide), diaphragms and cervical caps (which must be used with a spermicide), and vaginal sponges (contains spermicide).

     
    Any birth control method can fail. Therefore, it is critically important that women of childbearing potential use 2 effective forms of contraception (birth control) simultaneously. It has not been established if there is a pharmacokinetic interaction between acitretin and combined oral contraceptives. However, it has been established that acitretin interferes with the contraceptive effect of microdosed progestin preparations.1 Microdosed “minipill” progestin preparations are not recommended for use with acitretin capsules. It is not known whether other progestin-only contraceptives, such as implants and injectables, are adequate methods of contraception during acitretin therapy. Prescribers are advised to consult the package insert of any medication administered concomitantly with hormonal contraceptives, since some medications may decrease the effectiveness of these birth control products. Patients should be prospectively cautioned not to self-medicate with the herbal supplement St. John’s wort because a possible interaction has been suggested with hormonal contraceptives based on reports of breakthrough bleeding on oral contraceptives shortly after starting St. John’s wort. Pregnancies have been reported by users of combined hormonal contraceptives who also used some form of St. John’s wort (see PRECAUTIONS).
    Must have signed a Patient Agreement/Informed Consent for Female Patients that contains warnings about the risk of potential birth defects if the fetus is exposed to acitretin capsules, about contraceptive failure, about the fact that they must not ingest beverages or products containing ethanol while taking acitretin capsules and for 2 months after treatment with acitretin capsules has been discontinued, and about preventing pregnancy while taking acitretin capsules and for at least 3 years after discontinuing acitretin capsules.
     
    If pregnancy does occur during therapy with acitretin capsules or at any time for at least 3 years following discontinuation of acitretin capsules, the prescriber and patient should discuss the possible effects on the pregnancy. The available information is as follows:
     
    Acitretin, the active metabolite of etretinate, is teratogenic and is contraindicated
      during pregnancy. The risk of severe fetal malformations is well established when  systemic retinoids are taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy must also be prevented  after stopping acitretin therapy, while the drug is being eliminated to below a  threshold blood concentration that would be associated with an increased incidence of birth defects. Because this threshold has not been established for acitretin in humans and because elimination rates vary among patients, the duration of posttherapy contraception to achieve adequate elimination cannot be calculated precisely. It is strongly recommended that contraception be continued for at least 3 years after stopping treatment with acitretin, based on the following considerations:
    In the absence of transesterification to form etretinate, greater than 98% of the acitretin would be eliminated within 2 months, assuming a mean elimination half-life of 49 hours.
    In cases where etretinate is formed, as has been demonstrated with concomitant administration of acitretin and ethanol,
    greater than 98% of the etretinate formed would be eliminated in 2 years, assuming a mean elimination half-life of 120 days.
    greater than 98% of the etretinate formed would be eliminated in 3 years, based on the longest demonstrated elimination half-life of 168 days.
     
    However, etretinate was found in plasma and subcutaneous fat in one patient reported to have had sporadic alcohol intake, 52 months after she stopped acitretin therapy.
    Severe birth defects have been reported where conception occurred during the time interval when the patient was being treated with acitretin and/or etretinate. In addition, severe birth defects have also been reported when conception occurred after the mother completed therapy. These cases have been reported both prospectively (before the outcome was known) and retrospectively (after the outcome was known). The events below are listed without distinction as to whether the reported birth defects are consistent with retinoid-induced embryopathy or not.
    There have been 318 prospectively reported cases involving pregnancies and the use of etretinate, acitretin, or both. In 238 of these cases, the conception occurred after the last dose of etretinate (103 cases), acitretin (126), or both (9). Fetal outcome remained unknown in approximately one-half of these cases, of which 62 were terminated and 14 were spontaneous abortions. Fetal outcome is known for the other 118 cases and 15 of the outcomes were abnormal (including cases of absent hand/wrist, clubfoot, GI malformation, hypocalcemia, hypotonia, limb malformation, neonatal apnea/anemia, neonatal ichthyosis, placental disorder/death, undescended testicle, and 5 cases of premature birth). In the 126 prospectively reported cases where conception occurred after the last dose of acitretin only, 43 cases involved conception at least 1 year but less than 2 years after the last dose. There were 3 reports of abnormal outcomes out of these 43 cases (involving limb malformation, GI tract malformations, and premature birth). There were only 4 cases where conception occurred at least 2 years after the last dose but there were no reports of birth defects in these cases.
    There is also a total of 35 retrospectively reported cases where conception occurred at least 1 year after the last dose of etretinate, acitretin, or both. From these cases there are 3 reports of birth defects when the conception occurred at least 1 year but less than 2 years after the last dose of acitretin (including heart malformations, Turner’s Syndrome, and unspecified congenital malformations) and 4 reports of birth defects when conception occurred 2 or more years after the last dose of acitretin (including foot malformation, cardiac malformations [2 cases], and unspecified neonatal and infancy disorder). There were 3 additional abnormal outcomes in cases where conception occurred 2 or more years after the last dose of etretinate (including chromosome disorder, forearm aplasia, and stillbirth).
    Females who have taken TEGISON (etretinate) must continue to follow the contraceptive recommendations for TEGISON. TEGISON is no longer marketed in the U.S.; for information, call Mylan at 1-877-446-3679 (1-877-4-INFO-RX).
    Patients should not donate blood during and for at least 3 years following the completion of therapy with acitretin capsules because women of childbearing potential must not receive blood from patients being treated with acitretin capsules.

    Important Information for Males Taking Acitretin Capsules: Patients should not donate blood during and for at least 3 years following therapy with acitretin capsules because women of childbearing potential must not receive blood from patients being treated with acitretin capsules.

    Samples of seminal fluid from 3 male patients treated with acitretin and 6 male patients treated with etretinate have been assayed for the presence of acitretin. The maximum concentration of acitretin observed in the seminal fluid of these men was 12.5 ng per mL. Assuming an ejaculate volume of 10 mL, the amount of drug transferred in semen would be 125 ng, which is 1/200,000 of a single 25-mg capsule. Thus, although it appears that residual acitretin in seminal fluid poses little, if any, risk to a fetus while a male patient is taking the drug or after it is discontinued, the no-effect limit for teratogenicity is unknown and there is no registry for birth defects associated with acitretin. The available data are as follows:

    There have been 25 cases of reported conception when the male partner was taking acitretin. The pregnancy outcome is known in 13 of these 25 cases. Of these, 9 reports were retrospective and 4 were prospective (meaning the pregnancy was reported prior to knowledge of the outcome).3

    Timing of Paternal Acitretin Treatment     Delivery of      Spontaneous     Induced     Total
    Relative to Conception                                   Healthy            Abortion       Abortion
                                                                              Neonate

    At time of conception                                             5*                    5                     1                11
    Discontinued ~ 4 weeks prior                                 0                      0                     1†               1
    Discontinued ~ 6 to 8 months prior                         0                      1                     0                 1

    * Four of 5 cases were prospective.
    † With malformation pattern not typical of retinoid embryopathy (bilateral cystic hygromas of neck, hypoplasia of lungs bilateral, pulmonary atresia, VSD with overriding truncus arteriosus).

    For All Patients: AN ACITRETIN CAPSULES MEDICATION GUIDE MUST BE GIVEN TO THE PATIENT EACH TIME ACITRETIN CAPSULES ARE DISPENSED, AS REQUIRED BY LAW.

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  • DESCRIPTION

    Acitretin capsules, USP (acitretin), a retinoid, are available in 10 mg or 25 mg gelatin capsules for oral administration. Chemically, acitretin, USP is (all-E)-9-(4-Methoxy-2,3,6-trimethylphenyl)-3,7-dimethyl-2,4,6,8-nonatetraenoic acid. It is a metabolite of etretinate and is related to both retinoic acid and retinol (vitamin A). It is a yellow or greenish crystalline powder with a molecular weight of 326.44. The structural formula is:

    Acitretin structural formula

    Each capsule contains acitretin, edetate disodium, gelatin, maltodextrin, microcrystalline cellulose, poloxamer 407, red iron oxide, sodium ascorbate and titanium dioxide. The 25 mg capsules also contain black iron oxide and yellow iron oxide.

    The black imprinting ink for the 10 mg capsules contains black iron oxide, potassium hydroxide, propylene glycol, shellac and strong ammonia solution.

    The white imprinting ink for the 25 mg capsules contains povidone, propylene glycol, shellac, sodium hydroxide and titanium dioxide.

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  • CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    The mechanism of action of acitretin capsules is unknown.

    Pharmacokinetics

    Absorption

    Oral absorption of acitretin is optimal when given with food. For this reason, acitretin was given with food in all of the following trials. After administration of a single 50-mg oral dose of acitretin to 18 healthy subjects, maximum plasma concentrations ranged from 196 to 728 ng per mL (mean: 416 ng per mL) and were achieved in 2 to 5 hours (mean: 2.7 hours). The oral absorption of acitretin is linear and proportional with increasing doses from 25 to 100 mg. Approximately 72% (range: 47% to 109%) of the administered dose was absorbed after a single 50-mg dose of acitretin was given to 12 healthy subjects.

    Distribution

    Acitretin is more than 99.9% bound to plasma proteins, primarily albumin.

    Metabolism

    (See Pharmacokinetic Drug Interactions: Ethanol.) Following oral absorption, acitretin undergoes extensive metabolism and interconversion by simple isomerization to its 13-cis form (cis-acitretin). The formation of cis-acitretin relative to parent compound is not altered by dose or fed/fast conditions of oral administration of acitretin. Both parent compound and isomer are further metabolized into chain-shortened breakdown products and conjugates, which are excreted. Following multiple-dose administration of acitretin, steady-state concentrations of acitretin and cis-acitretin in plasma are achieved within approximately 3 weeks.

    Elimination

    The chain-shortened metabolites and conjugates of acitretin and cis-acitretin are ultimately excreted in the feces (34% to 54%) and urine (16% to 53%). The terminal elimination half-life of acitretin following multiple-dose administration is 49 hours (range: 33 to 96 hours), and that of cis-acitretin under the same conditions is 63 hours (range: 28 to 157 hours). The accumulation ratio of the parent compound is 1.2; that of cis-acitretin is 6.6.

    Special Populations

    Psoriasis

    In an 8-week trial of acitretin pharmacokinetics in subjects with psoriasis, mean steady-state trough concentrations of acitretin increased in a dose-proportional manner with dosages ranging from 10 to 50 mg daily. Acitretin plasma concentrations were nonmeasurable (< 4 ng per mL) in all subjects 3 weeks after cessation of therapy.

    Elderly

    In a multiple-dose trial in healthy young (n = 6) and elderly (n = 8) subjects, a 2-fold increase in acitretin plasma concentrations were seen in elderly subjects, although the elimination half-life did not change.

    Renal Failure

    Plasma concentrations of acitretin were significantly (59.3%) lower in subjects with end-stage renal failure (n = 6) when compared with age-matched controls, following single 50-mg oral doses. Acitretin was not removed by hemodialysis in these subjects.

    Pharmacokinetic Drug Interactions

    (See also boxed CONTRAINDICATIONS AND WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS: Drug Interactions.) In studies of in vivo pharmacokinetic drug interactions, no interaction was seen between acitretin and cimetidine, digoxin, phenprocoumon, or glyburide.

    Ethanol

    Clinical evidence has shown that etretinate (a retinoid with a much longer half-life, see below) can be formed with concurrent ingestion of acitretin and ethanol. In a 2-way crossover trial, all 10 subjects formed etretinate with concurrent ingestion of a single 100-mg oral dose of acitretin during a 3-hour period of ethanol ingestion (total ethanol, approximately 1.4 g per kg body weight). A mean peak etretinate concentration of 59 ng per mL (range: 22 to 105 ng per mL) was observed, and extrapolation of AUC values indicated that the formation of etretinate in this trial was comparable to a single 5-mg oral dose of etretinate. There was no detectable formation of etretinate when a single 100-mg oral dose of acitretin was administered without concurrent ethanol ingestion, although the formation of etretinate without concurrent ethanol ingestion cannot be excluded (see boxed CONTRAINDICATIONS AND WARNINGS). Of 93 evaluable psoriatic subjects on acitretin therapy in several foreign trials (10 to 80 mg per day), 16% had measurable etretinate levels (> 5 ng per mL).

    Etretinate has a much longer elimination half-life compared with that of acitretin. In one trial the apparent mean terminal half-life after 6 months of therapy was approximately 120 days (range: 84 to 168 days). In another trial of 47 subjects treated chronically with etretinate, 5 had detectable serum drug levels (in the range of 0.5 to 12 ng per mL) 2.1 to 2.9 years after therapy was discontinued. The long half-life appears to be due to storage of etretinate in adipose tissue.

    Progestin-only Contraceptives

    It has not been established if there is a pharmacokinetic interaction between acitretin and combined oral contraceptives. However, it has been established that acitretin interferes with the contraceptive effect of microdosed progestin preparations.1 Microdosed “minipill” progestin preparations are not recommended for use with acitretin capsules. It is not known whether other progestin-only contraceptives, such as implants and injectables, are adequate methods of contraception during acitretin therapy.

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  • CLINICAL STUDIES

    In 2 double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, acitretin capsules were administered once daily to subjects with severe psoriasis (e.g., covering at least 10% to 20% of the body surface area). At 8 weeks (see Table 1) subjects treated in Trial A with 50 mg of acitretin capsules per day showed significant improvements (P ≤ 0.05) relative to baseline and to placebo in the physician’s global evaluation and in the mean ratings of severity of psoriasis (scaling, thickness, and erythema). In Trial B, differences from baseline and from placebo were statistically significant (P ≤ 0.05) for all variables at both the 25-mg and 50-mg doses; it should be noted for Trial B that no statistical adjustment for multiplicity was carried out.

    Table 1. Summary of the Efficacy Results of the 8-Week Double-Blind Phase of Trials A and B of Acitretin Capsules
    *
    Values were statistically significantly different from placebo and from baseline ( P ≤ 0.05). No adjustment for multiplicity was done for Trial B.

    Efficacy Variables

    Trial A

    Trial B

    Total Daily Dose

    Total Daily Dose

    Placebo

    (N = 29)

    50 mg

    (N = 29)

    Placebo

    (N = 72)

    25 mg

    (N = 74)

    50 mg

    (N = 71)

    Physician’s Global Evaluation

    Baseline

    4.62

    4.55

    4.43

    4.37

    4.49

    Mean Change After 8 Weeks

    -0.29

    -2.00*

    -0.06

    -1.06*

    -1.57*

    Scaling

    Baseline

    4.10

    3.76

    3.97

    4.11

    4.10

    Mean Change After 8 Weeks

    -0.22

    -1.62*

    -0.21

    -1.50*

    -1.78*

    Thickness

    Baseline

    4.10

    4.10

    4.03

    4.11

    4.20

    Mean Change After 8 Weeks

    -0.39

    -2.10*

    -0.18

    -1.43*

    -2.11*

    Erythema

    Baseline

    4.21

    4.59

    4.42

    4.24

    4.45

    Mean Change After 8 Weeks

    -0.33

    -2.10*

    -0.37

    -1.12*

    -1.65*

    The efficacy variables consisted of: the mean severity rating of scale, lesion thickness, erythema, and the physician's global evaluation of the current status of the disease. Ratings of scaling, erythema, and lesion thickness, and the ratings of the global assessments were made using a 7-point scale (0 = none, 1 = trace, 2 = mild, 3 = mild-moderate, 4 = moderate, 5 = moderate-severe, 6 = severe).

    A subset of 141 subjects from both pivotal Trials A and B continued to receive acitretin capsules in an open fashion for up to 24 weeks. At the end of the treatment period, all efficacy variables, as indicated in Table 2, were significantly improved (P ≤ 0.01) from baseline, including extent of psoriasis, mean ratings of psoriasis severity, and physician’s global evaluation.

    Table 2. Summary of the First Course of Therapy with Acitretin Capsules (24 Weeks)
    *
    Indicates that the difference from baseline was statistically significant ( P ≤ 0.01).
    The efficacy variables consisted of: the mean severity rating of scale, lesion thickness, erythema, and the physician’s global evaluation of the current status of the disease. Ratings of scaling, erythema, and lesion thickness, and the ratings of the global assessments were made using a 7-point scale (0 = none, 1 = trace, 2 = mild, 3 = mild-moderate, 4 = moderate, 5 = moderate-severe, 6 = severe).

    Variables

    Trial A

    Trial B

    Mean Total Daily Dose of Acitretin Capsules (mg)

    42.8

    43.1

    Mean Duration of Therapy (Weeks)

    21.1

    22.6

    Physician’s Global Evaluation

    N = 39

    N = 98

    Baseline

    4.51

    4.43

    Mean Change from Baseline

    -2.26*

    -2.60*

    Scaling

    N = 59

    N = 132

    Baseline

    3.97

    4.07

    Mean Change from Baseline

    -2.15*

    -2.42*

    Thickness

    N = 59

    N = 132

    Baseline

    4.00

    4.12

    Mean Change from Baseline

    -2.44*

    -2.66*

    Erythema

    N = 59

    N = 132

    Baseline

    4.35

    4.33

    Mean Change from Baseline

    -2.31*

    -2.29*

    All efficacy variables improved significantly in a subset of 55 subjects from Trial A treated for a second, 6-month maintenance course of therapy (for a total of 12 months of treatment); a small subset of subjects (n = 4) from Trial A continued to improve after a third 6-month course of therapy (for a total of 18 months of treatment).

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  • INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    Acitretin capsules are indicated for the treatment of severe psoriasis in adults. Because of significant adverse effects associated with its use, acitretin capsules should be prescribed only by those knowledgeable in the systemic use of retinoids. In females of reproductive potential, acitretin capsules should be reserved for non-pregnant patients who are unresponsive to other therapies or whose clinical condition contraindicates the use of other treatments (see boxed CONTRAINDICATIONS AND WARNINGS - Acitretin capsules can cause severe birth defects).

    Most patients experience relapse of psoriasis after discontinuing therapy. Subsequent courses, when clinically indicated, have produced efficacy results similar to the initial course of therapy.

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  • CONTRAINDICATIONS

    Pregnancy Category X

    (See boxed CONTRAINDICATIONS AND WARNINGS.)

    Acitretin capsules are contraindicated in patients with severely impaired liver or kidney function and in patients with chronic abnormally elevated blood lipid values (see boxed WARNINGS: Hepatotoxicity,WARNINGS: Lipids and Possible Cardiovascular Effects, and PRECAUTIONS).

    An increased risk of hepatitis has been reported to result from combined use of methotrexate and etretinate. Consequently, the combination of methotrexate with acitretin capsules is also contraindicated (see PRECAUTIONS: Drug Interactions).

    Since both acitretin capsules and tetracyclines can cause increased intracranial pressure, their combined use is contraindicated (see WARNINGS: Pseudotumor Cerebri).

    Acitretin capsules are contraindicated in cases of hypersensitivity (e.g., angioedema, urticaria) to the preparation (acitretin or excipients) or to other retinoids.

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  • WARNINGS

    (See also boxed CONTRAINDICATIONS AND WARNINGS.)

    Hepatotoxicity: Of the 525 subjects treated in U.S. clinical trials, 2 had clinical jaundice with elevated serum bilirubin and transaminases considered related to treatment with acitretin capsules. Liver function test results in these subjects returned to normal after acitretin capsules were discontinued. Two of the 1,289 subjects treated in European clinical trials developed biopsy-confirmed toxic hepatitis. A second biopsy in one of these subjects revealed nodule formation suggestive of cirrhosis. One subject in a Canadian clinical trial of 63 subjects developed a 3-fold increase of transaminases. A liver biopsy of this subject showed mild lobular disarray, multifocal hepatocyte loss, and mild triaditis of the portal tracts compatible with acute reversible hepatic injury. The subject’s transaminase levels returned to normal 2 months after acitretin capsules were discontinued.

    The potential of therapy with acitretin capsules to induce hepatotoxicity was prospectively evaluated using liver biopsies in an open-label trial of 128 subjects. Pretreatment and posttreatment biopsies were available for 87 subjects. A comparison of liver biopsy findings before and after therapy revealed 49 (58%) subjects showed no change, 21 (25%) improved, and 14 (17%) subjects had a worsening of their liver biopsy status. For 6 subjects, the classification changed from class 0 (no pathology) to class I (normal fatty infiltration; nuclear variability and portal inflammation; both mild); for 7 subjects, the change was from class I to class II (fatty infiltration, nuclear variability, portal inflammation, and focal necrosis; all moderate to severe); and for 1 subject, the change was from class II to class IIIb (fibrosis, moderate to severe). No correlation could be found between liver function test result abnormalities and the change in liver biopsy status, and no cumulative dose relationship was found.

    Elevations of AST (SGOT), ALT (SGPT), GGT (GGTP), or LDH have occurred in approximately 1 in 3 subjects treated with acitretin capsules. Of the 525 subjects treated in clinical trials in the U.S., treatment was discontinued in 20 (3.8%) due to elevated liver function test results. If hepatotoxicity is suspected during treatment with acitretin capsules, the drug should be discontinued and the etiology further investigated.

    Ten of 652 subjects treated in U.S. clinical trials of etretinate, of which acitretin is the active metabolite, had clinical or histologic hepatitis considered to be possibly or probably related to etretinate treatment.

    There have been reports of hepatitis-related deaths worldwide; a few of these subjects had received etretinate for a month or less before presenting with hepatic symptoms or signs.

    Skeletal Abnormalities

    In adults receiving long-term treatment with acitretin capsules, appropriate examinations should be periodically performed in view of possible ossification abnormalities (see ADVERSE REACTIONS). Because the frequency and severity of iatrogenic bony abnormality in adults is low, periodic radiography is only warranted in the presence of symptoms or long-term use of acitretin capsules. If such disorders arise, the continuation of therapy should be discussed with the patient on the basis of a careful risk/benefit analysis. In clinical trials with acitretin capsules, subjects were prospectively evaluated for evidence of development or change in bony abnormalities of the vertebral column, knees, and ankles.

    Of 380 subjects treated with acitretin capsules, 15% had preexisting abnormalities of the spine which showed new changes or progression of preexisting findings. Changes included degenerative spurs, anterior bridging of spinal vertebrae, diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis, ligament calcification, and narrowing and destruction of a cervical disc space. De novo changes (formation of small spurs) were seen in 3 subjects after 1½ to 2½ years.

    Six of 128 subjects treated with acitretin capsules showed abnormalities in the knees and ankles before treatment that progressed during treatment. In 5, these changes involved the formation of additional spurs or enlargement of existing spurs. The sixth subject had degenerative joint disease which worsened. No subjects developed spurs de novo. Clinical complaints did not predict radiographic changes.

    Lipids and Possible Cardiovascular Effects

    Blood lipid determinations should be performed before acitretin capsules are administered and again at intervals of 1 to 2 weeks until the lipid response to the drug is established, usually within 4 to 8 weeks. In subjects receiving acitretin capsules during clinical trials, 66% and 33% experienced elevation in triglycerides and cholesterol, respectively. Decreased high density lipoproteins (HDL) occurred in 40% of subjects. These effects of acitretin capsules were generally reversible upon cessation of therapy.

    Subjects with an increased tendency to develop hypertriglyceridemia included those with disturbances of lipid metabolism, diabetes mellitus, obesity, increased alcohol intake, or a familial history of these conditions. Because of the risk of hypertriglyceridemia, serum lipids must be more closely monitored in high-risk patients and during long-term treatment.

    Hypertriglyceridemia and lowered HDL may increase a patient’s cardiovascular risk status. Although no causal relationship has been established, there have been postmarketing reports of acute myocardial infarction or thromboembolic events in patients on therapy with acitretin capsules. In addition, elevation of serum triglycerides to greater than 800 mg per dL has been associated with fatal fulminant pancreatitis. Therefore, dietary modifications, reduction in dose of acitretin capsules, or drug therapy should be employed to control significant elevations of triglycerides. If, despite these measures, hypertriglyceridemia and low HDL levels persist, the discontinuation of acitretin capsules should be considered.

    Ophthalmologic Effects

    The eyes and vision of 329 subjects treated with acitretin capsules were examined by ophthalmologists. The findings included dry eyes (23%), irritation of eyes (9%), and brow and lash loss (5%). The following were reported in less than 5% of subjects: Bell’s Palsy, blepharitis and/or crusting of lids, blurred vision, conjunctivitis, corneal epithelial abnormality, cortical cataract, decreased night vision, diplopia, itchy eyes or eyelids, nuclear cataract, pannus, papilledema, photophobia, posterior subcapsular cataract, recurrent sties, and subepithelial corneal lesions.

    Any patient treated with acitretin capsules who is experiencing visual difficulties should discontinue the drug and undergo ophthalmologic evaluation.

    Pancreatitis

    Lipid elevations occur in 25% to 50% of subjects treated with acitretin capsules. Triglyceride increases sufficient to be associated with pancreatitis are much less common, although fatal fulminant pancreatitis has been reported. There have been rare reports of pancreatitis during therapy with acitretin capsules in the absence of hypertriglyceridemia.

    Pseudotumor Cerebri

    Acitretin capsules and other retinoids administered orally have been associated with cases of pseudotumor cerebri (benign intracranial hypertension). Some of these events involved concomitant use of isotretinoin and tetracyclines. However, the event seen in a single patient receiving acitretin capsules was not associated with tetracycline use. Early signs and symptoms include papilledema, headache, nausea and vomiting, and visual disturbances. Patients with these signs and symptoms should be examined for papilledema and, if present, should discontinue acitretin capsules immediately and be referred for neurological evaluation and care. Since both acitretin capsules and tetracyclines can cause increased intracranial pressure, their combined use is contraindicated (see CONTRAINDICATIONS).

    Capillary Leak Syndrome

    Capillary leak syndrome, a potential manifestation of retinoic acid syndrome, has been reported in patients receiving acitretin capsules. Features of this syndrome may include localized or generalized edema with secondary weight gain, fever, and hypotension. Rhabdomyolysis and myalgias have been reported in association with capillary leak syndrome, and laboratory tests may reveal neutrophilia, hypoalbuminemia, and an elevated hematocrit. Discontinue acitretin capsules if capillary leak syndrome develops during therapy.

    Exfoliative Dermatitis/Erythroderma

    Exfoliative dermatitis/erythroderma has been reported in patients receiving acitretin capsules. Discontinue acitretin capsules if exfoliative dermatitis/erythroderma occurs during therapy.

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  • PRECAUTIONS

    A description of the MyMAC materials is provided below. The main goals of the materials are to explain the program requirements, to reinforce the educational messages, and to assess program effectiveness.

    The MyMAC booklet includes:

    The MyMAC Patient Brochure: information on the program requirements, risks of acitretin, and the types of contraceptive methods
    The Contraception Counseling Referral Form for female patients who want to receive free contraception counseling reimbursed by the manufacturer
    The Patient Agreement/Informed Consent for Female Patients form
    Medication Guide

    The MyMAC program also includes a voluntary patient survey for women of childbearing potential to assess the effectiveness of the acitretin capsules Pregnancy Prevention Program, MyMAC. MyMAC program materials are available at www.acitretincommitment.com or may be requested by calling 1-877-446-3679 (1-877-4-INFO-RX).

    Information for Patients

    (See Medication Guide for all patients and Patient Agreement/Informed Consent for Female Patients at end of professional labeling).

    Patients should be instructed to read the Medication Guide supplied as required by law when acitretin capsules are dispensed.

    Females of Reproductive Potential

    Acitretin capsules can cause severe birth defects. Female patients must not be pregnant when therapy with acitretin capsules is initiated, they must not become pregnant while taking acitretin capsules, and for at least 3 years after stopping acitretin capsules, so that the drug can be eliminated to below a blood concentration that would be associated with an increased incidence of birth defects. Because this threshold has not been established for acitretin in humans and because elimination rates vary among patients, the duration of posttherapy contraception to achieve adequate elimination cannot be calculated precisely (see boxed CONTRAINDICATIONS AND WARNINGS).

    Females of reproductive potential should also be advised that they must not ingest beverages or products containing ethanol while taking acitretin capsules and for 2 months after acitretin capsules have been discontinued. This allows for elimination of the acitretin which can be converted to etretinate in the presence of alcohol.

    Female patients should be advised that any method of birth control can fail, including tubal ligation, and that microdosed progestin “minipill” preparations are not recommended for use with acitretin capsules (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY: Pharmacokinetic Drug Interactions). Data from one patient who received a very low-dosed progestin contraceptive (levonorgestrel 0.03 mg) had a significant increase of the progesterone level after 3 menstrual cycles during acitretin treatment.2

    Female patients should be advised to contact their physician, women’s health centers, pharmacies, or hospital emergency rooms for information about how to obtain Emergency Contraception if sexual intercourse occurs without using 2 effective forms of contraception simultaneously. A 24-hour, toll-free number (1-888-858-5236) is also available for patients to receive automated birth control and emergency contraception information.

    Female patients should sign a consent form prior to beginning therapy with acitretin capsules (see boxed CONTRAINDICATIONS AND WARNINGS).

    Nursing Mothers

    Studies on lactating rats have shown that etretinate is excreted in the milk. There is one prospective case report where acitretin is reported to be excreted in human milk. Therefore, nursing mothers should not receive acitretin capsules prior to or during nursing because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants.

    All Patients

    Depression and/or other psychiatric symptoms such as aggressive feelings or thoughts of self-harm have been reported. These events, including self-injurious behavior, have been reported in patients taking other systemically administered retinoids, as well as in patients taking acitretin capsules. Since other factors may have contributed to these events, it is not known if they are related to acitretin capsules. Patients should be counseled to stop taking acitretin capsules and notify their prescriber immediately if they experience psychiatric symptoms.

    Patients should be advised that a transient worsening of psoriasis is sometimes seen during the initial treatment period. Patients should be advised that they may have to wait 2 to 3 months before they get the full benefit of acitretin capsules, although some patients may achieve significant improvements within the first 8 weeks of treatment as demonstrated in clinical trials.

    Decreased night vision has been reported during therapy with acitretin capsules. Patients should be advised of this potential problem and warned to be cautious when driving or operating any vehicle at night. Visual problems should be carefully monitored (see WARNINGS and ADVERSE REACTIONS). Patients should be advised that they may experience decreased tolerance to contact lenses during the treatment period and sometimes after treatment has stopped.

    Patients should not donate blood during and for at least 3 years following therapy because acitretin capsules can cause birth defects and women of childbearing potential must not receive blood from patients being treated with acitretin capsules.

    Because of the relationship of acitretin to vitamin A, patients should be advised against taking vitamin A supplements in excess of minimum recommended daily allowances to avoid possible additive toxic effects.

    Patients should avoid the use of sun lamps and excessive exposure to sunlight (non-medical UV exposure) because the effects of UV light are enhanced by retinoids.

    Patients should be advised that they must not give their acitretin capsules to any other person.

    For Prescribers

    Acitretin capsules have not been studied in and is not indicated for treatment of acne.

    Phototherapy

    Significantly lower doses of phototherapy are required when acitretin capsules are used because effects on the stratum corneum induced by acitretin capsules can increase the risk of erythema (burning) (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

    Drug Interactions

    Ethanol

    Clinical evidence has shown that etretinate can be formed with concurrent ingestion of acitretin and ethanol (see boxed CONTRAINDICATIONS AND WARNINGS and CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY: Pharmacokinetics).

    Glyburide

    In a trial of 7 healthy male volunteers, acitretin treatment potentiated the blood glucose-lowering effect of glyburide (a sulfonylurea similar to chlorpropamide) in 3 of the 7 subjects. Repeating the trial with 6 healthy male volunteers in the absence of glyburide did not detect an effect of acitretin on glucose tolerance. Careful supervision of diabetic patients under treatment with acitretin capsules is recommended (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY: Pharmacokinetics and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

    Hormonal Contraceptives

    It has not been established if there is a pharmacokinetic interaction between acitretin and combined oral contraceptives. However, it has been established that acitretin interferes with the contraceptive effect of microdosed progestin “minipill” preparations. Microdosed “minipill” progestin preparations are not recommended for use with acitretin capsules (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY: Pharmacokinetic Drug Interactions). It is not known whether other progestin-only contraceptives, such as implants and injectables, are adequate methods of contraception during acitretin therapy.

    Methotrexate

    An increased risk of hepatitis has been reported to result from combined use of methotrexate and etretinate. Consequently, the combination of methotrexate with acitretin is also contraindicated (see CONTRAINDICATIONS).

    Phenytoin

    If acitretin is given concurrently with phenytoin, the protein binding of phenytoin may be reduced.

    Tetracyclines

    Since both acitretin and tetracyclines can cause increased intracranial pressure, their combined use is contraindicated (see CONTRAINDICATIONS and WARNINGS: Pseudotumor Cerebri).

    Vitamin A and Oral Retinoids

    Concomitant administration of vitamin A and/or other oral retinoids with acitretin must be avoided because of the risk of hypervitaminosis A.

    Other

    There appears to be no pharmacokinetic interaction between acitretin and cimetidine, digoxin, or glyburide. Investigations into the effect of acitretin on the protein binding of anticoagulants of the coumarin type (warfarin) revealed no interaction.

    Laboratory Tests

    If significant abnormal laboratory results are obtained, either dosage reduction with careful monitoring or treatment discontinuation is recommended, depending on clinical judgment.

    Blood Sugar

    Some patients receiving retinoids have experienced problems with blood sugar control. In addition, new cases of diabetes have been diagnosed during retinoid therapy, including diabetic ketoacidosis. In diabetics, blood-sugar levels should be monitored very carefully.

    Lipids

    In clinical trials, the incidence of hypertriglyceridemia was 66%, hypercholesterolemia was 33%, and that of decreased HDL was 40%. Pretreatment and follow-up measurements should be obtained under fasting conditions. It is recommended that these tests be performed weekly or every other week until the lipid response to acitretin capsules has stabilized (see WARNINGS).

    Liver Function Tests

    Elevations of AST (SGOT), ALT (SGPT), or LDH were experienced by approximately 1 in 3 patients treated with acitretin capsules. It is recommended that these tests be performed prior to initiation of therapy with acitretin capsules, at 1- to 2-week intervals until stable, and thereafter at intervals as clinically indicated (see CONTRAINDICATIONS and boxed WARNINGS).

    Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

    Carcinogenesis

    A carcinogenesis study of acitretin in Wistar rats, at doses up to 2 mg per kg per day administered 7 days per week for 104 weeks, has been completed. There were no neoplastic lesions observed that were considered to have been related to treatment with acitretin. An 80-week carcinogenesis study in mice has been completed with etretinate, the ethyl ester of acitretin. Blood level data obtained during this study demonstrated that etretinate was metabolized to acitretin and that blood levels of acitretin exceeded those of etretinate at all times studied. In the etretinate study, an increased incidence of blood vessel tumors (hemangiomas and hemangiosarcomas at several different sites) was noted in male, but not female, mice at doses approximately one-half the maximum recommended human therapeutic dose based on a mg-per-m2 comparison.

    Mutagenesis

    Acitretin was evaluated for mutagenic potential in the Ames test, in the Chinese hamster (V79/HGPRT) assay, in unscheduled DNA synthesis assays using rat hepatocytes and human fibroblasts, and in an in vivo mouse micronucleus assay. No evidence of mutagenicity of acitretin was demonstrated in any of these assays.

    Impairment of Fertility

    In a fertility study in rats, the fertility of treated animals was not impaired at the highest dosage of acitretin tested, 3 mg per kg per day (approximately one-half the maximum recommended therapeutic dose based on a mg-per-m2 comparison). Chronic toxicity studies in dogs revealed testicular changes (reversible mild to moderate spermatogenic arrest and appearance of multinucleated giant cells) in the highest dosage group (50 then 30 mg per kg per day).

    No decreases in sperm count or concentration and no changes in sperm motility or morphology were noted in 31 men (17 psoriatic subjects, 8 subjects with disorders of keratinization, and 6 healthy volunteers) given 30 to 50 mg per day of acitretin for at least 12 weeks. In these trials, no deleterious effects were seen on either testosterone production, LH, or FSH in any of the 31 men.4-6 No deleterious effects were seen on the hypothalamic-pituitary axis in any of the 18 men where it was measured.4,5

    Pregnancy

    Teratogenic Effects

    Pregnancy Category X

    (See boxed CONTRAINDICATIONS AND WARNINGS.)

    In a study in which acitretin was administered to male rats only at a dosage of 5 mg per kg per day for 10 weeks (approximate duration of one spermatogenic cycle) prior to and during mating with untreated female rats, no teratogenic effects were observed in the progeny (see boxed CONTRAINDICATIONS AND WARNINGS for information about male use of acitretin capsules).

    Nonteratogenic Effects

    In rats dosed at 3 mg per kg per day (approximately one-half the maximum recommended therapeutic dose based on a mg-per-m2 comparison), slightly decreased pup survival and delayed incisor eruption were noted. At the next lowest dose tested, 1 mg per kg per day, no treatment-related adverse effects were observed.

    Pediatric Use

    Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established. No clinical trials have been conducted in pediatric subjects. Ossification of interosseous ligaments and tendons of the extremities, skeletal hyperostoses, decreases in bone mineral density, and premature epiphyseal closure have been reported in children taking other systemic retinoids, including etretinate, a metabolite of acitretin capsules. A causal relationship between these effects and acitretin capsules has not been established. While it is not known that these occurrences are more severe or more frequent in children, there is special concern in pediatric patients because of the implications for growth potential (see WARNINGS: Hyperostosis).

    Geriatric Use

    Clinical trials of acitretin capsules did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently than younger subjects. Other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger subjects. In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should be cautious, usually starting at the low end of the dosing range, reflecting the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal, or cardiac function, and of concomitant disease or other drug therapy. A 2-fold increase in acitretin plasma concentrations was seen in healthy elderly subjects compared with young subjects, although the elimination half-life did not change (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY: Special Populations).

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  • ADVERSE REACTIONS

    Hypervitaminosis A produces a wide spectrum of signs and symptoms primarily of the mucocutaneous, musculoskeletal, hepatic, neuropsychiatric, and central nervous systems. Many of the clinical adverse reactions reported to date with administration of acitretin capsules resemble those of the hypervitaminosis A syndrome.

    Adverse Events/Postmarketing Reports

    In addition to the events listed in the tables for the clinical trials, the following adverse events have been identified during postapproval use of acitretin capsules. Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

    Cardiovascular: Acute myocardial infarction, thromboembolism (see WARNINGS), stroke.

    Immune System Disorders: Hypersensitivity, including angioedema and urticaria (see CONTRAINDICATIONS).

    Nervous System: Myopathy with peripheral neuropathy has been reported during therapy with acitretin capsules. Both conditions improved with discontinuation of the drug.

    Psychiatric: Aggressive feelings and/or suicidal thoughts have been reported. These events, including self-injurious behavior, have been reported in patients taking other systemically administered retinoids, as well as in patients taking acitretin capsules. Since other factors may have contributed to these events, it is not known if they are related to acitretin capsules (see PRECAUTIONS).

    Reproductive: Vulvo-vaginitis due to Candida albicans.

    Skin and Appendages: Thinning of the skin, skin fragility, and scaling may occur all over the body, particularly on the palms and soles; nail fragility is frequently observed. Madarosis and exfoliative dermatitis/erythroderma have been reported (see WARNINGS).

    Vascular Disorders: Capillary leak syndrome (see WARNINGS).

    Clinical Trials

    During clinical trials with acitretin capsules, 513 of 525 (98%) subjects reported a total of 3,545 adverse events. One-hundred sixteen subjects (22%) left trials prematurely, primarily because of adverse experiences involving the mucous membranes and skin. Three subjects died. Two of the deaths were not drug-related (pancreatic adenocarcinoma and lung cancer); the other subject died of an acute myocardial infarction, considered remotely related to drug therapy. In clinical trials, acitretin capsules were associated with elevations in liver function test results or triglyceride levels and hepatitis.

    The tables below list by body system and frequency the adverse events reported during clinical trials of 525 subjects with psoriasis.

    Table 3. Adverse Events Frequently Reported During Clinical Trials - Percent of Subjects Reporting (N = 525)

    Body System

    > 75%

    50% to 75%

    25% to 50%

    10% to 25%

    CNS

    Rigors

    Eye Disorders

    Xerophthalmia

    Mucous Membranes

    Cheilitis

    Rhinitis

    Dry mouth

    Epistaxis

    Musculoskeletal

    Arthralgia

    Spinal hyperostosis

    (progression of existing lesions)

    Skin and Appendages

    Alopecia

    Skin peeling

    Dry skin

    Nail disorder

    Pruritus

    Erythematous rash

    Hyperesthesia

    Paresthesia

    Paronychia

    Skin atrophy

    Sticky skin

    Table 4. Adverse Events Less Frequently Reported During Clinical Trials (Some of Which May Bear No Relationship to Therapy) - Percent of Subjects Reporting (N = 525)

    Body System

    1% to 10%

    < 1%

    Body as a Whole

    Anorexia

    Edema

    Fatigue

    Hot flashes

    Increased

    appetite

    Alcohol

    intolerance

    Dizziness

    Fever

    Influenza-like

    symptoms

    Malaise

    Moniliasis

    Muscle weakness

    Weight increase

    Cardiovascular

    Flushing

    Chest pain

    Cyanosis

    Increased

    bleeding time

    Intermittent

    claudication

    Peripheral

    ischemia

    CNS (also see Psychiatric)

    Headache

    Pain

    Abnormal gait

    Migraine

    Neuritis

    Pseudotumor

    cerebri

    (intracranial

    hypertension)

    Eye Disorders

    Abnormal/

    blurred vision

    Blepharitis

    Conjunctivitis/

    irritation

    Corneal epithelial

    abnormality

    Decreased night

    vision/night

    blindness

    Eye abnormality

    Eye pain

    Photophobia

    Abnormal

    lacrimation

    Chalazion

    Conjunctival

    hemorrhage

    Corneal ulceration

    Diplopia

    Ectropion

    Itchy eyes and lids

    Papilledema

    Recurrent sties

    Subepithelial

    corneal lesions

    Gastrointestinal

    Abdominal pain

    Diarrhea

    Nausea

    Tongue disorder

    Constipation
    Dyspepsia
    Esophagitis
    Gastritis
    Gastroenteritis

    Glossitis
    Hemorrhoids
    Melena
    Tenesmus
    Tongue ulceration

    Liver and Biliary

    Hepatic function

    abnormal

    Hepatitis
    Jaundice

    Mucous Membranes

    Gingival bleeding

    Gingivitis

    Increased saliva

    Stomatitis
    Thirst
    Ulcerative

    stomatitis

    Altered saliva
    Anal disorder
    Gum hyperplasia

    Hemorrhage
    Pharyngitis

    Musculoskeletal

    Arthritis

    Arthrosis

    Back pain

    Hypertonia

    Myalgia

    Osteodynia
    Peripheral joint

    hyperostosis

    (progression of

    existing lesions)

    Bone disorder
    Olecranon bursitis
    Spinal hyperostosis

    (new lesions)
    Tendonitis

    Psychiatric

    Depression Insomnia

    Somnolence

    Anxiety
    Dysphonia

    Libido decreased Nervousness

    Reproductive

    Atrophic vaginitis Leukorrhea

    Respiratory

    Sinusitis

    Coughing

    Increased sputum

    Laryngitis

    Skin and Appendages

    Abnormal skin

    odor

    Abnormal hair

    texture

    Bullous eruption

    Cold/clammy

    skin

    Dermatitis

    Increased

    sweating

    Infection

    Psoriasiform rash

    Purpura
    Pyogenic

    granuloma
    Rash
    Seborrhea
    Skin fissures
    Skin ulceration
    Sunburn

    Acne
    Breast pain
    Cyst
    Eczema
    Fungal infection
    Furunculosis
    Hair discoloration
    Herpes simplex
    Hyperkeratosis
    Hypertrichosis
    Hypoesthesia
    Impaired healing
    Otitis media

    Otitis externa
    Photosensitivity

    reaction
    Psoriasis aggravated

    Scleroderma
    Skin nodule
    Skin hypertrophy
    Skin disorder
    Skin irritation
    Sweat gland

    disorder
    Urticaria
    Verrucae

    Special Senses/ Other

    Earache

    Taste perversion

    Tinnitus

    Ceruminosis
    Deafness
    Taste loss

    Urinary

    Abnormal urine
    Dysuria
    Penis disorder

    Laboratory

    Therapy with acitretin capsules induces changes in liver function tests in a significant number of patients. Elevations of AST (SGOT), ALT (SGPT) or LDH were experienced by approximately 1 in 3 subjects treated with acitretin capsules. In most subjects, elevations were slight to moderate and returned to normal either during continuation of therapy or after cessation of treatment. In subjects receiving acitretin capsules during clinical trials, 66% and 33% experienced elevation in triglycerides and cholesterol, respectively. Decreased high density lipoproteins (HDL) occurred in 40% (see WARNINGS). Transient, usually reversible elevations of alkaline phosphatase have been observed.

    Table 5 lists the laboratory abnormalities reported during clinical trials.

    Table 5. Abnormal Laboratory Test Results Reported During Clinical Trials - Percent of Subjects Reporting

    Body System

    50% to 75%

    25% to 50%

    10% to 25%

    1% to 10%

    Electrolytes

    Increased:
    –Phosphorus
    –Potassium
    –Sodium

    Decreased:
    –Phosphorus
    –Potassium
    –Sodium

    Increased and

    decreased:
    –Magnesium

    Increased and

    decreased:
    –Calcium
    –Chloride

    Hematologic

    Increased:
    –Reticulocytes

    Decreased:
    –Hematocrit
    –Hemoglobin
    –WBC
    Increased:
    –Haptoglobin
    –Neutrophils
    –WBC

    Increased:
    –Bands
    –Basophils
    –Eosinophils
    –Hematocrit
    –Hemoglobin
    –Lymphocytes
    –Monocytes

    Decreased:
    –Haptoglobin
    –Lymphocytes
    –Neutrophils
    –Reticulocytes
    Increased or

    decreased:
    –Platelets
    –RBC

    Hepatic

    Increased:
    –Cholesterol
    –LDH
    –SGOT
    –SGPT
    Decreased:
    –HDL

    cholesterol

    Increased:
    –Alkaline

    phosphatase
    –Direct bilirubin
    –GGTP

    Increased:
    –Globulin
    –Total bilirubin
    –Total protein
    Increased and

    decreased:
    –Serum albumin

    Miscellaneous

    Increased:
    –Triglycerides

    Increased:
    –CPK
    –Fasting blood

    sugar

    Decreased:
    –Fasting blood

    sugar
    –High occult

    blood

    Increased and

    decreased:
    –Iron

    Renal

    Increased:
    –Uric acid

    Increased:
    –BUN
    –Creatinine

    Urinary

    WBC in urine

    Acetonuria
    Hematuria
    RBC in urine

    Glycosuria
    Proteinuria

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  • OVERDOSAGE

    In the event of acute overdosage, acitretin capsules must be withdrawn at once. Symptoms of overdose are identical to acute hypervitaminosis A (e.g., headache and vertigo). The acute oral toxicity (LD50) of acitretin in both mice and rats was greater than 4,000 mg per kg.

    In one reported case of overdose, a 32-year-old male with Darier’s disease took 21 x 25-mg capsules (525-mg single dose). He vomited several hours later but experienced no other ill effects.

    All female patients of childbearing potential who have taken an overdose of acitretin capsules must:

    1) Have a pregnancy test at the time of overdose; 2) Be counseled as per the boxed CONTRAINDICATIONS AND WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS sections regarding birth defects and contraceptive use for at least 3 years’ duration after the overdose.

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  • DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    There is intersubject variation in the pharmacokinetics, clinical efficacy, and incidence of side effects with acitretin capsules. A number of the more common side effects are dose-related. Individualization of dosage is required to achieve sufficient therapeutic response while minimizing side effects. Therapy with acitretin capsules should be initiated at 25 to 50 mg per day, given as a single dose with the main meal. Maintenance doses of 25 to 50 mg per day may be given dependent upon an individual patient’s response to initial treatment. Relapses may be treated as outlined for initial therapy.

    When acitretin capsules are used with phototherapy, the prescriber should decrease the phototherapy dose, dependent on the patient’s individual response (see PRECAUTIONS: General).

    Females who have taken TEGISON (etretinate) must continue to follow the contraceptive recommendations for TEGISON. TEGISON is no longer marketed in the U.S.; for information, call Mylan at 1-877-446-3679 (1-877-4-INFO-RX).

    Information for Pharmacists

    Acitretin capsules must only be dispensed in no more than a monthly supply. An acitretin capsules Medication Guide must be given to the patient each time acitretin capsules are dispensed, as required by law.

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  • HOW SUPPLIED

    Acitretin Capsules, USP are available containing 10 mg or 25 mg of acitretin, USP.

    The 10 mg capsules are hard shell gelatin capsules with a swedish orange opaque cap and swedish orange opaque body filled with yellow granular powder. The capsules are axially printed with MYLAN over AC I 02 in black ink on the cap and body. They are available as follows:

    NDC 0378-7020-93
    bottles of 30 capsules

    The 25 mg capsules are hard shell gelatin capsules with a brown opaque cap and yellow opaque body filled with yellow granular powder. The capsules are axially printed with MYLAN over AC I 13 in white ink on the cap and body. They are available as follows:

    NDC 0378-7023-93
    bottles of 30 capsules

    Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F). [See USP Controlled Room Temperature.] Protect from light. Avoid exposure to high temperatures and humidity after the bottle is opened.

    Dispense in a tight, light-resistant container as defined in the USP using a child-resistant closure.

    PHARMACIST: Dispense a Medication Guide with each prescription.

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  • REFERENCES

    1.
    Berbis Ph, et al.: Arch Dermatol Res (1988) 280:388-389.
    2.
    Maier H, Honigsmann H: Concentration of etretinate in plasma and subcutaneous fat after long-term acitretin. Lancet 348:1107, 1996.
    3.
    Geiger JM, Walker M: Is there a reproductive safety risk in male patients treated with acitretin (Neotigason/Soriatane)? Dermatology 205:105-107, 2002.
    4.
    Sigg C, et al.: Andrological investigations in patients treated with etretin. Dermatologica 175:48-49, 1987.
    5.
    Parsch EM, et al.: Andrological investigation in men treated with acitretin (Ro 10-1670). Andrologia 22:479-482, 1990.
    6.
    Kadar L, et al.: Spermatological investigations in psoriatic patients treated with acitretin. In: Pharmacology of Retinoids in the Skin; Reichert U. et al., ed, KARGER, Basel, vol. 3, pp 253-254, 1988.
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  • PATIENT AGREEMENT/INFORMED CONSENT FOR FEMALE PATIENTS

    To be completed by the patient* and signed by her prescriber

    Causes Birth Defects - Do Not Get Pregnant

    * Must also be initialed by the parent or guardian of a minor patient (under age 18)

    Read each item below and initial in the space provided to show that you understand each item. Do not sign this consent and do not take acitretin capsules if there is anything that you do not understand.

    __________________________

    (Patient’s name)

    1.
    I understand that there is a very high risk that my unborn baby could have severe birth defects if I am pregnant or become pregnant while taking acitretin capsules in any amount even for short periods of time. Birth defects have also happened in babies of women who became pregnant after stopping treatment with acitretin capsules.
     
    INITIAL: ___________
     
    2.
    I understand that I must not become pregnant while taking acitretin capsules and for at least 3 years after the end of my treatment with acitretin capsules.
     
    INITIAL: ___________
     
    3.
    I know that I must avoid all alcohol, including drinks, food, medicines, and over-the-counter products that contain alcohol. I understand that the risk of birth defects may last longer than 3 years if I swallow any form of alcohol during therapy with acitretin capsules, and for 2 months after I stop taking acitretin capsules.
     
    INITIAL: ___________
     
    4.
    I understand that I must not have sexual intercourse, or I must use 2 separate, effective forms of birth control at the same time. The only exceptions are if I have had surgery to remove the womb (a hysterectomy) or my prescriber has told me I have gone completely through menopause.
     
    INITIAL: ___________
     
    5.
    I understand that I have to use 2 effective forms of birth control (contraception) at the same time for at least 1 month before starting acitretin capsules, for the entire time of therapy with acitretin capsules, and for at least 3 years after stopping acitretin capsules.
     
    INITIAL: ___________
     
    6.
    I understand that any form of birth control can fail. Therefore, I must use 2 different methods at the same time, every time I have sexual intercourse.
     
    INITIAL: ___________
     
    7.
    I understand that the following are considered effective forms of birth control: Primary: Tubal ligation (having my tubes tied), partner’s vasectomy, birth control pills (not progestin-only “minipills”), injectable/implantable/insertable/topical (patch) hormonal birth control products, and IUDs (intrauterine devices). Secondary: Condoms (with or without spermicide, which is a special cream or jelly that kills sperm), diaphragms and cervical caps (which must be used with a spermicide), and vaginal sponges (contains spermicide). I understand that at least 1 of my 2 methods of birth control must be a primary method.
     
    INITIAL: ___________
     
    8.
    I will talk with my prescriber about any medicines or dietary supplements I plan to take while taking acitretin capsules because certain birth control methods may not work if I am taking certain medicines or herbal products (for example, St. John’s wort).
     
    INITIAL: ___________
     
    9.
    Unless I have had a hysterectomy or my prescriber says I have gone completely through menopause, I understand that I must have 2 negative pregnancy test results before I can get a prescription to start acitretin capsules. I understand that if the second pregnancy test is negative, I must start taking my acitretin capsules within 7 days of the specimen collection. I will then have pregnancy tests on a monthly basis during therapy with acitretin capsules as instructed by my prescriber. In addition, for at least 3 years after I stop taking acitretin capsules, I will have a pregnancy test every 3 months.
     
    INITIAL: ___________
     
    10.
    I understand that I should not start taking acitretin capsules until I am sure that I am not pregnant and have negative results from 2 pregnancy tests.
     
    INITIAL: ___________
     
    11.
    I have received information on emergency contraception (birth control), including information on its availability over-the-counter.
     
    INITIAL: ___________
     
    12.
    I understand that my prescriber can give me a referral for a free contraception (birth control) counseling session and pregnancy testing.
     
    INITIAL: ___________
     
    13.
    I understand that on a monthly basis during therapy with acitretin capsules and every 3 months for at least 3 years after stopping acitretin capsules that I should receive counseling from my prescriber about contraception (birth control) and behaviors associated with an increased risk of pregnancy.
     
    INITIAL: ___________
     
    14.
    I understand that I must stop taking acitretin capsules right away and call my prescriber if I get pregnant, miss my menstrual period, stop using birth control, or have sexual intercourse without using my 2 birth control methods during and at least 3 years after stopping acitretin capsules.
     
    INITIAL: ___________
     
    15.
    If I do become pregnant while on acitretin capsules or at any time within 3 years of stopping acitretin capsules, I understand that I should report my pregnancy to Mylan at 1-877-446-3679 (1-877-4-INFO-RX) or to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) MedWatch program at 1-800-FDA-1088. The information I share will be kept confidential (private) unless disclosure is legally required. This will help the company and the FDA evaluate the pregnancy prevention program to prevent birth defects.
     
    INITIAL: ___________
     

    I have received a copy of the MyMAC brochure. My prescriber has answered all my questions about acitretin capsules. I understand that it is my responsibility to follow my doctor’s instructions, and not to get pregnant during treatment with acitretin capsules or for at least 3 years after I stop taking acitretin capsules.

    I now authorize my prescriber, ________________________, to begin my treatment with acitretin capsules.

    Patient signature: ________________________________________________

    Date: ___________________

    Parent/guardian signature (if under age 18): ____________________

    Date: ___________________

    Please print: Patient name and address: ________________________________

    __________________________________________________

    Telephone:____________________

    I have fully explained to the patient, _____________________________, the nature and purpose of the treatment described above and the risks to females of childbearing potential. I have asked the patient if she has any questions regarding her treatment with acitretin capsules and have answered those questions to the best of my ability.

    Prescriber signature: _________________________________

    Date: __________________

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  • MEDICATION GUIDE

    Acitretin Capsules, USP

    (a" si tre' tin)

    Read this Medication Guide carefully before you start taking acitretin capsules and read it each time you get more acitretin capsules. There may be new information.

     

    The first information in this Medication Guide is about birth defects and how to avoid pregnancy. After this section there is important safety information about possible effects for any patient taking acitretin capsules.All patients should read this entire Medication Guide carefully. This information does not take the place of talking with your prescriber about your medical condition or treatment.

    What is the most important information I should know about acitretin capsules?

    Acitretin capsules can cause serious side effects, including:

    Severe birth defects. If you are a female who can get pregnant, you should use acitretin capsules only if you are not pregnant now, can avoid becoming pregnant for at least 3 years, and other medicines do not work for your severe psoriasis or you cannot use other psoriasis medicines. Information about effects on unborn babies and about how to avoid pregnancy is found in the next section: “What are the important warnings and instructions for females taking acitretin capsules?”
    Medication Guide Prenancy Warning
    Liver problems, including abnormal liver function tests and inflammation of your liver (hepatitis). Your prescriber should do blood tests to check how your liver is working before you start taking and during treatment with acitretin capsules. Stop taking acitretin capsules and call your prescriber right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms of a serious liver problem:
    o
    yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
    o
    nausea and vomiting
    o
    loss of appetite
    o
    dark urine

    What are the important warnings and instructions for females taking acitretin capsules?

    Before you receive your first prescription for acitretin capsules, you should have discussed and signed a Patient Agreement/Informed Consent for Female Patients form with your prescriber. This is to help make sure you understand the risk of birth defects and how to avoid getting pregnant. If you did not talk to your prescriber about this and sign the form, contact your prescriber.

    Important: If you are a female who can become pregnant:

    You must not take acitretin capsules if you are pregnant or might become pregnant during treatment or at any time for at least 3 years after you stop treatment because acitretin capsules can cause severe birth defects.
    During treatment with acitretin capsules and for 2 months after you stop treatment with acitretin capsules, you must avoid drinks, foods, and all medicines that contain alcohol. This includes over-the-counter products that contain alcohol. Avoiding alcohol is very important, because alcohol changes acitretin into a drug that may take longer than 3 years to leave your body. The chance of birth defects may last longer than 3 years if you swallow any form of alcohol during treatment with acitretin capsules and for 2 months after you stop taking acitretin capsules.
    You and your prescriber must be sure you are not pregnant before you start therapy with acitretin capsules. You must have negative results from 2 pregnancy tests before you start treatment with acitretin capsules. A negative result shows you are not pregnant. Because it takes a few days after pregnancy begins for a test to show that you are pregnant, the first negative test may not ensure you are not pregnant. Do not start acitretin capsules until you have negative results from 2 pregnancy tests.
    o
    The first pregnancy test (urine or blood) will be done at the time you and your prescriber decide if acitretin capsules might be right for you.
    o
    The second pregnancy test will usually be done during the first 5 days of your menstrual period. You must start taking acitretin capsules within 7 days of when the urine or blood for the second pregnancy test is collected.
    After you start taking acitretin capsules, you must have a pregnancy test repeated each month that you are taking acitretin capsules. This is to be sure that you are not pregnant during treatment because acitretin capsules can cause birth defects. In addition, your prescription of acitretin capsules will be limited to a monthly supply.
    For at least 3 years after stopping treatment with acitretin capsules, you must have a pregnancy test repeated every 3 months to make sure that you are not pregnant.
    Discuss effective birth control (contraception) with your prescriber. You must use 2 effective forms of birth control (contraception) at the same time during all of the following:
    o
    for at least 1 month before beginning treatment with acitretin capsules
    o
    during treatment with acitretin capsules
    o
    for at least 3 years after stopping treatment with acitretin capsules
    If you are sexually active, you must use 2 effective forms of birth control (contraception) at the same time even if you think you cannot become pregnant, unless 1 of the following is true for you:
    o
    You had your womb (uterus) removed during an operation (a hysterectomy).
    o
    Your prescriber said you have gone completely through menopause (the “change of life”).
    You can get a free birth control counseling session and pregnancy testing from a prescriber or family planning expert. Your prescriber can give you a Contraception Counseling Referral Form for this free session.

    The following are considered effective forms of birth control:

    Primary Forms:

    having your tubes tied (tubal ligation)
    partner’s vasectomy
    IUD (intrauterine device)
    birth control pills that contain both estrogen and progestin (combination oral contraceptives); not progestin-only “minipills”
    hormonal birth control products that are injected, implanted, or inserted in your body
    birth control patch

    Secondary Forms (use with a Primary Form):

    diaphragms with spermicide
    condoms (with or without spermicide)
    cervical caps with spermicide
    vaginal sponge (contains spermicide)

    At least 1 of your 2 methods of birth control must be a primary form.

    If you have sex at any time without using 2 effective forms of birth control (contraception) at the same time, or if you get pregnant or miss your period, stop using acitretin capsules and call your prescriber right away.
    Consider “Emergency Contraception” (EC) if you have sex with a male without correctly using 2 effective forms of birth control (contraception) at the same time. EC is also called “emergency birth control” which includes the “morning after” pill. Contact your prescriber as soon as possible if you have sex without using 2 effective forms of birth control (contraception) at the same time, because EC works best if it is used within 1 or 2 days after sex. EC is not a replacement for your usual 2 effective forms of birth control (contraception) because it is not as effective as regular birth control methods.
    Contact your prescriber, women’s health centers, pharmacies, or hospital emergency rooms for information on how to get emergency contraception. A 24-hour, toll-free number (1-888-858-5236) is also available for patients to receive automated birth control and emergency contraception information.

     

    Stop taking acitretin capsules right away and contact your prescriber if you get pregnant while taking acitretin capsules or at any time for at least 3 years after treatment has stopped. You need to discuss the possible effects on the unborn baby with your prescriber.

     

    If you do become pregnant while taking acitretin capsules or at any time for at least 3 years after stopping acitretin capsules, you should report your pregnancy to Mylan at 1-877-446-3679 (1-877-4-INFO-RX) or directly to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) MedWatch program at 1-800-FDA-1088. Your name will be kept in private (confidential). The information you share will help the FDA and the manufacturer evaluate the Pregnancy Prevention Program for acitretin capsules.

     

    Do not take acitretin capsules if you are breastfeeding. Acitretin can pass into your milk and may harm your baby. You will need to choose either to breast feed or take acitretin capsules, but not both.

    What should males know before taking acitretin capsules?

    Small amounts of acitretin are found in the semen of males taking acitretin capsules. Based upon available information, it appears that these small amounts of acitretin in semen pose little, if any, risk to an unborn child while a male patient is taking the drug or after it is discontinued. Discuss any concerns you have about this with your prescriber.

     

    All patients should read the rest of this Medication Guide.

    What are acitretin capsules?

    Acitretin capsules are a medicine used to treat severe forms of psoriasis in adults. Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes cells in the outer layer of the skin to grow faster than normal and pile up on the skin’s surface. In the most common type of psoriasis, the skin becomes inflamed and produces red, thickened areas, often with silvery scales.

     

    Because acitretin capsules can have serious side effects, you should talk with your prescriber about whether possible benefits of acitretin capsules outweigh its possible risks.

     

    Acitretin capsules may not work right away. You may have to wait 2 to 3 months before you get the full benefit of acitretin capsules. Psoriasis gets worse for some patients when they first start treatment with acitretin capsules.

     

    Acitretin capsules have not been studied in children.

    Who should not take acitretin capsules?

    Do NOT take acitretin capsules if you can get pregnant. Do not take acitretin capsules if you are pregnant or might get pregnant during treatment with acitretin capsules or at any time for at least 3 years after you stop treatment with acitretin capsules (see “What are the important warnings and instructions for females taking acitretin capsules?”).
    Do NOT take acitretin capsules if you are breastfeeding. Acitretin can pass into your milk and may harm your baby. You will need to choose either to breast feed or take acitretin capsules, but not both.
    Do NOT take acitretin capsules if you have severe liver or kidney disease.
    Do NOT take acitretin capsules if you have repeated high blood lipids (fat in the blood) .
    Do NOT take acitretin capsules if you take these medicines:
    methotrexate
    tetracyclines
    The use of these medicines with acitretin capsules may cause serious side effects.
    Do NOT take acitretin capsules if you are allergic to acitretin, the active ingredient in acitretin capsules, to any of the other ingredients in acitretin capsules (see the end of this Medication Guide for a list of all the ingredients in acitretin capsules), or to any medicines that are like acitretin capsules. Ask your prescriber or pharmacist if any medicines you are allergic to are like acitretin capsules.

    Before taking acitretin capsules, tell your prescriber about all your medical conditions, including if you have or have had:

    diabetes or high blood sugar
    liver problems
    kidney problems
    high cholesterol or high triglycerides (fat in the blood)
    heart disease
    depression
    alcoholism
    an allergic reaction to a medication

    Your prescriber needs this information to decide if acitretin capsules are right for you and to know what dose is best for you.

     

    Tell your prescriber about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

     

    Some medicines can cause serious side effects if taken while you also take acitretin capsules. Some medicines may affect how acitretin capsules work, or acitretin capsules may affect how other medicines work.

     

    Be especially sure to tell your prescriber if you are taking the following medicines:

    methotrexate
    tetracyclines
    glyburide
    phenytoin
    vitamin A supplements
    progestin-only oral contraceptives (“minipills”)
    TEGISON or TIGASON (etretinate). Tell your prescriber if you have ever taken this medicine in the past.
    St. John’s wort herbal supplement

    Tell your prescriber if you are getting phototherapy treatment. Your doses of phototherapy may need to be changed to prevent a burn.

    How should I take acitretin capsules?

    Take acitretin capsules with food.
    Be sure to take your medicine as prescribed by your prescriber. The dose of acitretin capsules varies from patient to patient. The number of capsules you must take is chosen specially for you by your prescriber. This dose may change during treatment.
    If you miss a dose, do not double the next dose. Skip the missed dose and resume your normal schedule.
    If you take too many acitretin capsules (overdose), call your local poison control center or emergency room.

    You should have blood tests for liver function, cholesterol, and triglycerides before starting treatment and during treatment to check your body’s response to acitretin capsules. Your prescriber may also do other tests.

     

    Once you stop taking acitretin capsules, your psoriasis may return. Do not treat this new psoriasis with leftover acitretin capsules. It is important to see your prescriber again for treatment recommendations because your situation may have changed.

    What should I avoid while taking acitretin capsules?

    Avoid pregnancy. See “What is the most important information I should know about acitretin capsules?”, and “What are the important warnings and instructions for females taking acitretin capsules?”.
    Avoid breastfeeding. See “What are the important warnings and instructions for females taking acitretin capsules?”
    Avoid alcohol. Females who are able to become pregnant must avoid drinks, foods, medicines, and over-the-counter products that contain alcohol. The risk of birth defects may continue for longer than 3 years if you swallow any form of alcohol during treatment with acitretin capsules and for 2 months after stopping acitretin capsules (see “What are the important warnings and instructions for females taking acitretin capsules?”).
    Avoid giving blood. Do not donate blood while you are taking acitretin capsules and for at least 3 years after stopping treatment with acitretin capsules. Acitretin in your blood can harm an unborn baby if your blood is given to a pregnant woman. Acitretin capsules do not affect your ability to receive a blood transfusion.
    Avoid progestin-only birth control pills (“minipills”). This type of birth control pill may not work while you take acitretin capsules. Ask your prescriber if you are not sure what type of pills you are using.
    Avoid night driving if you develop any sudden vision problems. Stop taking acitretin capsules and call your prescriber if this occurs (see “What are the possible side effects of acitretin capsules”).
    Avoid non-medical ultraviolet (UV) light. Acitretin capsules can make your skin more sensitive to UV light. Do not use sunlamps, and avoid sunlight as much as possible. If you are taking light treatment (phototherapy), your prescriber may need to change your light dosages to avoid burns.
    Avoid dietary supplements containing vitamin A. Acitretin is related to vitamin A. Therefore, do not take supplements containing vitamin A, because they may add to the unwanted effects of acitretin capsules. Check with your prescriber or pharmacist if you have any questions about vitamin supplements.
    Do not share acitretin capsules with anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms. Your medicine may harm them or their unborn child.

    What are the possible side effects of acitretin capsules?

    Acitretin capsules can cause serious side effects, including:

    See “What is the most important information I should know about acitretin capsules?” and “What are the important warnings and instructions for females taking acitretin capsules?”

    Stop taking acitretin capsules and call your prescriber right away if you get the following signs or symptoms of possible serious side effects:

    Bad headaches, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision. These symptoms can be signs of increased brain pressure that can lead to blindness or even death.
    Vision problems. Decreased vision in the dark (night blindness). Since this can start suddenly, you should be very careful when driving at night. This problem usually goes away when treatment with acitretin capsules stops. Stop taking acitretin capsules and call your prescriber if you develop any vision problems or eye pain.
    Depression. There have been some reports of patients developing mental problems including a depressed mood, aggressive feelings, or thoughts of ending their own life (suicide). These events, including suicidal behavior, have been reported in patients taking other drugs similar to acitretin capsules as well as patients taking acitretin capsules. Since other things may have contributed to these problems, it is not known if they are related to acitretin capsules.
    Aches or pains in your bones, joints, muscles, or back, trouble moving, or loss of feeling in your hands or feet. These can be signs of abnormal changes to your bones or muscles.
    Frequent urination, great thirst or hunger. Acitretin capsules can affect blood sugar control, even if you do not already have diabetes. These are some of the signs of high blood sugar.
    Shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, chest pain, weakness, trouble speaking, or swelling of a leg. These may be signs of a heart attack, blood clots, or stroke. Acitretin capsules can cause serious changes in blood fats (lipids). It is possible for these changes to cause blood vessel blockages that lead to heart attacks, strokes, or blood clots.
    Blood vessel problems. Acitretin capsules can cause fluid to leak out of your blood vessels into your body tissues. Call your prescriber right away if you have any of the following symptoms: sudden swelling in one part of your body or all over your body, weight gain, fever, lightheadedness or feeling faint, or muscle aches. If this happens, your prescriber will tell you to stop taking acitretin capsules.
    Serious allergic reactions. See “Who should not take acitretin capsules?” Serious allergic reactions can happen during treatment with acitretin capsules. Call your prescriber right away if you get any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction: hives, itching, swelling of your face, mouth, or tongue, or problems breathing. If this happens, stop taking acitretin capsules and do not take it again.
    Serious skin problems. Acitretin capsules can cause skin problems that can begin in a small area and then spread over large areas of your body. Call your prescriber right away if your skin becomes red and swollen (inflamed), you have peeling of your skin, or your skin becomes itchy and painful. You should stop acitretin capsules if this happens.

    Common side effects

     
    If you develop any of these side effects or any unusual reaction, check with your prescriber to find out if you need to change the amount of acitretin capsules you take. These side effects usually get better if the dose of acitretin capsules is reduced or acitretin capsules are stopped.
    Chapped lips, peeling fingertips, palms, and soles, itching, scaly skin all over, weak nails, sticky or fragile (weak) skin, runny or dry nose, or nosebleeds. Your prescriber or pharmacist can recommend a lotion or cream to help treat drying or chapping.
    Dry mouth
    Joint pain
    Tight muscles
    Hair loss. Most patients have some hair loss, but this condition varies among patients. No one can tell if you will lose hair, how much hair you may lose or if and when it may grow back. You may also lose your eyelashes.
    Dry eyes. Acitretin capsules may dry your eyes. Wearing contact lenses may be uncomfortable during and after treatment with acitretin capsules because of the dry feeling in your eyes. If this happens, remove your contact lenses and call your prescriber. Also read the section about vision problems under “Serious side effects”.
    Rise in blood fats (lipids). Acitretin capsules can cause your blood fats (lipids) to rise. Most of the time this is not serious. But sometimes the increase can become a serious problem (see information under “Serious side effects”). You should have blood tests as directed by your prescriber.

    Psoriasis gets worse for some patients when they first start treatment with acitretin capsules. Some patients have more redness or itching. If this happens, tell your prescriber. These symptoms usually get better as treatment continues, but your prescriber may need to change the amount of your medicine.

     

    These are not all the possible side effects of acitretin capsules. For more information, ask your prescriber or pharmacist.

     

    Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

    How should I store acitretin capsules?

    Store acitretin capsules between 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F).
    Keep acitretin capsules away from sunlight, high temperature, and humidity.

    Keep acitretin capsules and all medicines out of the reach of children.

    General information about the safe and effective use of acitretin capsules

    Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use acitretin capsules for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give acitretin capsules to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about acitretin capsules that is written for health professionals.

    What are the ingredients in acitretin capsules?

    Active ingredient: acitretin

     

    Inactive ingredients: edetate disodium, gelatin, maltodextrin, microcrystalline cellulose, poloxamer 407, red iron oxide, sodium ascorbate and titanium dioxide. The 25 mg capsules also contain black iron oxide and yellow iron oxide.

    The black imprinting ink for the 10 mg capsules contains black iron oxide, potassium hydroxide, propylene glycol, shellac and strong ammonia solution.

    The white imprinting ink for the 25 mg capsules contains povidone, propylene glycol, shellac, sodium hydroxide and titanium dioxide.

     

    Manufactured for: Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.,Morgantown, WV 26505 U.S.A.

    For more information, call Mylan at 1-877-446-3679 (1-877-4-INFO-RX).

    Revised: 5/2018
    USV:ACIT:R8

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  • PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANAL – 10 mg

    NDC 0378-7020-93

    Acitretin
    Capsules, USP
    10 mg

    PHARMACIST: Dispense the accompanying
    Medication Guide to each patient.

    Rx only      30 Capsules

    Each capsule contains:
    Acitretin, USP      10 mg

    Usual Dosage: See accompanying prescribing information.

    Dispense in a tight, light-resistant container as
    defined in the USP using a child-resistant closure.

    Keep container tightly closed.

    Keep this and all medication out of the reach of children.

    Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F). [See USP
    Controlled Room Temperature.]Protect from light. Avoid exposure to high temperature and humidity after the bottle is opened.

    Code No.: DD/DRUGS/DD/291

    CAUSES BIRTH DEFECTS DO NOT GET PREGNANT

    Mylan.com

    Manufactured for:
    Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.
    Morgantown, WV 26505 U.S.A.

    RUSV7020H1

    Made in India
    3012xxx 08/16

    Acitretin Capsules 10 mg Bottle Label
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  • PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANAL – 25 mg

    NDC 0378-7023-93

    Acitretin
    Capsules, USP
    25 mg

    PHARMACIST: Dispense the
    accompanying Medication
    Guide to each patient.

    Rx only      30 Capsules

    Each capsule contains:
    Acitretin, USP      25 mg

    Usual Dosage: See accompanying
    prescribing information.

    Dispense in a tight, light-resistant
    container as defined in the USP using
    a child-resistant closure.

    Keep container tightly closed.

    Keep this and all medication out of the
    reach of children.

    Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F). [SeeUSP Controlled Room Temperature.]
    Protect from light. Avoid exposure tohigh temperature and humidity afterthe bottle is opened.

    Code No.: DD/DRUGS/DD/291

    CAUSES BIRTH DEFECTS DO NOT GET PREGNANT

    Mylan.com

    Manufactured for:
    Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.
    Morgantown, WV 26505 U.S.A.

    RUSV7023H1

    Made in India
    3012xxx 08/16

    Acitretin Capsules 20 mg Bottle Label
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  • INGREDIENTS AND APPEARANCE
    ACITRETIN 
    acitretin capsule
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG Item Code (Source) NDC:0378-7020
    Route of Administration ORAL
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    ACITRETIN (UNII: LCH760E9T7) (ACITRETIN - UNII:LCH760E9T7) ACITRETIN 10 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    EDETATE DISODIUM (UNII: 7FLD91C86K)  
    GELATIN, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: 2G86QN327L)  
    MALTODEXTRIN (UNII: 7CVR7L4A2D)  
    MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE (UNII: OP1R32D61U)  
    POLOXAMER 407 (UNII: TUF2IVW3M2)  
    FERRIC OXIDE RED (UNII: 1K09F3G675)  
    SODIUM ASCORBATE (UNII: S033EH8359)  
    TITANIUM DIOXIDE (UNII: 15FIX9V2JP)  
    FERROSOFERRIC OXIDE (UNII: XM0M87F357)  
    POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE (UNII: WZH3C48M4T)  
    PROPYLENE GLYCOL (UNII: 6DC9Q167V3)  
    SHELLAC (UNII: 46N107B71O)  
    AMMONIA (UNII: 5138Q19F1X)  
    Product Characteristics
    Color ORANGE (swedish orange opaque) Score no score
    Shape CAPSULE Size 14mm
    Flavor Imprint Code MYLAN;AC;I;02
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:0378-7020-93 30 in 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC; Type 0: Not a Combination Product 03/10/2016
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    ANDA ANDA202148 03/10/2016
    ACITRETIN 
    acitretin capsule
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG Item Code (Source) NDC:0378-7023
    Route of Administration ORAL
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    ACITRETIN (UNII: LCH760E9T7) (ACITRETIN - UNII:LCH760E9T7) ACITRETIN 25 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    EDETATE DISODIUM (UNII: 7FLD91C86K)  
    GELATIN, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: 2G86QN327L)  
    MALTODEXTRIN (UNII: 7CVR7L4A2D)  
    MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE (UNII: OP1R32D61U)  
    POLOXAMER 407 (UNII: TUF2IVW3M2)  
    FERRIC OXIDE RED (UNII: 1K09F3G675)  
    SODIUM ASCORBATE (UNII: S033EH8359)  
    TITANIUM DIOXIDE (UNII: 15FIX9V2JP)  
    FERROSOFERRIC OXIDE (UNII: XM0M87F357)  
    FERRIC OXIDE YELLOW (UNII: EX438O2MRT)  
    POVIDONE, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: FZ989GH94E)  
    PROPYLENE GLYCOL (UNII: 6DC9Q167V3)  
    SHELLAC (UNII: 46N107B71O)  
    SODIUM HYDROXIDE (UNII: 55X04QC32I)  
    Product Characteristics
    Color BROWN (brown opaque) , YELLOW (yellow opaque) Score no score
    Shape CAPSULE Size 19mm
    Flavor Imprint Code MYLAN;AC;I;13
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:0378-7023-93 30 in 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC; Type 0: Not a Combination Product 03/10/2016
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    ANDA ANDA202148 03/10/2016
    Labeler - Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. (059295980)
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