Acitretin and Alcohol / Food Interactions

There are 2 alcohol/food/lifestyle interactions with acitretin which include:

Alcohol (Ethanol) ↔ acitretin

Major Drug Interaction

Using ethanol and acitretin is not recommended. Women should not drink any alcoholic beverages while taking acitretin or for 2 months after stopping treatment. Alcoholic beverages increase the risk for birth defects while taking acitretin. Acitretin ] can cause severe, life-threatening birth defects if the mother takes the medication during pregnancy. Never use acitretin if you are pregnant. Both a primary and a secondary form of birth control must be used together and for at least 3 years after stopping therapy. Talk with your doctor about other possible birth control methods while you are taking acitretin. It is important that you tell your healthcare provider about all other medications that you are using including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using your medications without talking to your doctor first.

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acitretin ↔ food

Major Food Interaction

Take acitretin with food. Females must avoid all drinks, food, and medicines (including 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 acitretin treatment and for two months after stopping acitretin. This may be dangerous if pregnancy is desired following treatment with acitretin.

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acitretin drug Interactions

There are 64 drug interactions with acitretin

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a general guideline only. It is difficult to determine the relevance of a particular drug interaction to any individual given the large number of variables.

Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.

Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.

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