Author: Anoma Ranaweera B.V. Sc; PhD (Clinical Biochemistry, University of Liverpool, UK), 2013.

Alitretinoin is a first generation member of the retinoid family, which also includes retinol, retinal, tretinoin, isotretinoin and acitretin. The retinoids are all related to Vitamin A. Alitretinoin is not yet available in New Zealand.

What is alitretinoin used for?

How does alitretinoin work?

How is alitretinoin administered?

Alitretinoin gel 0.1%

Alitretinoin capsules

Link to key clinical-trial evidence about alitretinoin

Potential drug interactions with alitretinoin

What adverse events can alitretinoin cause?

Alitretinoin gel 0.1%

Adverse events related to the use of alitretinoin gel in patients with AIDS-related KS occurr almost exclusively at the site of application. These include:

Alitretinoin capsules

Use in pregnancy

Use in nursing mothers

Use in children

The safety and effectiveness of alitretinoin have not been established in children.

Use in the elderly

The safety and efficacy of alitretinoin in patients aged 65 years and older have not been assessed.


New Zealand approved datasheets are the official source of information for these prescription medicines, including approved uses and risk information. Check the individual New Zealand datasheet on the Medsafe website.

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