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Picato Drug Information

If you are a person with a skin condition called actinic keratosis, your healthcare provider may recommend a drug called Picato® (ingenol mebutate). This prescription skin gel is sold in two different strengths, one that is used to treat precancerous lesions on the face and scalp and the other to treat lesions on the trunk and extremities. At this time, it is available only as a brand-name product.
 
In clinical studies, most people using this medicated skin gel developed some type of skin reaction, such as:
 
  • Redness
  • Scaling
  • Swelling.
 
However, most reactions tend to be minor and easy to treat. To help minimize any complications with Picato, your healthcare provider will need up-to-date information on your medical history, including any allergies or medical conditions you have, as well as any drugs you are taking (including prescription and nonprescription products).
 
(Click Picato for a complete overview of this drug. This article provides information on how Picato works, other potential side effects, and how to apply the medication.)
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