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Generic: bexarotene topical
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It is used to treat skin lesions in patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma

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What is this medicine?

BEXAROTENE (bexs AIR oh teen) is used to treat skin lesions in patients with cutaneous T- cell lymphoma. This medicine should only be used in patients who have not responded to or could not tolerate other therapies.

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

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to bexarotene, vitamin A, other vitamin A analogs or retinoids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • you or your partner is pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for application to lesions only. Do not apply the gel on or near your eyes, nose, mouth, lips, vagina, tip of penis, rectum, or anus. Wash your hands before and after applying the gel. Follow the instructions on the prescription label. Place a generous coating of gel over the entire surface of each lesion. You should not apply the gel to the healthy skin around the lesion. Proper application should leave some gel visible on the surface of the lesion. Allow 5 to 10 minutes for the gel to dry before covering the treated areas with clothing. If you apply this medicine after your shower or bath, you should wait 20 minutes before applying the gel. You should avoid bathing, showering, or swimming for at least 3 hours after applying this medicine.

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?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • gemfibrozil
  • other medicines known as retinoids like acitretin, adapalene, isotretinoin, and tretinoin
  • vitamins and other supplements containing vitamin A

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures
  • birth control pills
  • cimetidine
  • erythromycin
  • grapefruit and grapefruit juice
  • insulin and other medicines to treat diabetes
  • itraconazole
  • ketoconazole
  • phenytoin
  • rifabutin
  • rifampin
  • some medicines to treat HIV infection or AIDS
  • tamoxifen

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