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Generic: alitretinoin topical
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It is used on the skin to treat Kaposi's sarcoma lesions
               



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What if I miss a dose?

Apply as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, apply only that dose. Do not use extra doses, or use for a longer period of time than directed by your doctor or health care professional.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • insect repellents that contain DEET

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

It may take a few weeks before you see the full benefit. Kaposi's sarcoma lesions can affect other parts of your body including the lungs and intestines. You should continue to visit your doctor or health care professional on a regular basis to monitor your progress.

Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant or breast- feeding. Precautions should be taken to avoid becoming pregnant while using this medicine.

Avoid the use of other skincare products on the treated Kaposi's sarcoma lesions. Mineral oil may be used in between applications in order to prevent too much dryness or itching. Do not apply mineral oil for at least 2 hours before or after applying this gel. Try not to scratch treated areas.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/ booths.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • blister formation
  • signs of infection such as drainage, swelling, or pus formation

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • burning, itching, crusting, or cracking of the treated areas
  • increased sensitivity to the sun
  • mild stinging
  • rawness
  • red, inflamed, and irritated skin, the skin may peel after a few days

               
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