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Ingenol Mebutate

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Picato®

    Uses
    • It is used to treat skin harmed by the sun.
    • Ingenol harms the cells that cause the lesions.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
    • Use a new tube of gel each time you use this drug.
    • Put on right after taking a shower or less than 2 hours before bedtime.
    • Put a thin layer on the affected skin.
    • Allow gel to dry for 15 minutes after using.
    • Wash your hands after use.
    • Do not touch area where gel was put on your skin.
    • Leave on the skin for 6 hours, then wash off.
    • Avoid actions that may cause sweating for 6 hours after the gel is put on your skin.
    • Do not cover with dressings.
    • Do not get this drug on other parts of your body or on other people.

    Missed Dose

    • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not put on 2 doses or extra doses.

    Storage

    • Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.
    • Throw away any part not used after use.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to ingenol or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

    Precautions

    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • If you have sunburn or other skin problems, talk with your doctor.
    • Make sure sores near the area to be treated are healed before using this drug.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Skin irritation.
    • Change in skin to hard and thick.
    • Swelling.
    • Headache.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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