( All-trans retinoic acid) is the generic version of Vesanoid ®

ATRA is an anti-cancer (“antineoplastic” or “cytotoxic”) chemotherapy drug.  ATRA is classified as a “retinoid.”
Tretinoin is one of a group of drugs called retinoids that are similar to vitamin A. It is not a chemotherapy drug, but you may have it along with chemotherapy to treat a type of acute myeloid leukaemia called promyelocytic leukaemia. Tretinoin is also called all trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and its brand name is Vesanoid.

  • ATRA is used to treat acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL, APML).
  • How ATRA Is Given:
    • ATRA is given by mouth (in capsule form).
    • One size capsule – 10mg, do not crush chew or dissolve capsules. Protect from light.
    • Take ATRA with food.
    • It also is used as a lotion (topical) for patients with acne and certain rashes.
    • The amount of ATRA you will receive depends on many factors, including your height and weight, your general health or other health problems, and the type of cancer you have.  Your doctor will determine your dosage and schedule.