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Generic: becaplermin topical
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It is used on the skin to treat ulcers on the lower legs in patients with diabetes.

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What is this medicine?

BECAPLERMIN (be KAP ler min) is used on the skin to treat ulcers on the lower legs in patients with diabetes.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • cancer at the site of the ulcer
  • wounds that are closed by your health care professional
  • wounds that show exposed joints, tendons, ligaments, or bone
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to becaplermin, parabens, metacresol, or other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before use. Squeeze the prescribed amount of gel onto a clean, non- absorbable surface like wax paper. With a cotton swab, tongue depressor, or a similar application aid, spread an even layer of the gel over the ulcer. Cover the ulcer with a saline- moistened gauze dressing. After 12 hours, remove the gauze dressing and rinse the ulcer with saline or water to remove excess gel. Apply a new piece of saline- moistened gauze dressing to the ulcer. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course of medicine prescribed by your doctor or health care professional even if you think your condition is better.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products on the treated area without asking your doctor or health care professional.

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