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Picato Overdose

Because only a small amount of Picato (ingenol mebutate) is used for only two or three days, an overdose of this drug is unlikely to occur. However, someone might use too much Picato accidentally or take it by mouth. Treatment for a Picato overdose in this case may include inducing vomiting, pumping the stomach, and providing supportive care for any symptoms that occur.

Can You Use Too Much Picato?

Picato® (ingenol mebutate) is a prescription medication approved to treat actinic keratosis, a precancerous skin condition. As with most medications, it is probably possible to use too much Picato. However, this is relatively unlikely, as the drug is used for only two or three days, and only a small amount is usually dispensed.
The specific effects of an overdose could be dangerous but would vary, depending on a number of factors, including the Picato dosage and how it was taken (applied to the skin or taken by mouth).

Effects of an Overdose

Serious effects are probably more likely if an overdose of Picato is taken by mouth, as very little, if any, is absorbed into the bloodstream when it is applied to the skin. Make sure to keep this medication out of the reach of children. This is especially important if you have any gel left over in the tubes.
Because Picato, even at normal doses, usually causes skin reactions, it is expected that overuse of the product on the skin will increase the risk of severe skin reactions like skin ulcerations or severe swelling. Make sure to follow your dosing instructions carefully.

Treatment for a Picato Overdose

The treatment for an overdose with Picato will vary. If the overdose was recent and taken by mouth, a healthcare provider may administer certain medicines to induce vomiting or place a tube into the stomach to "pump the stomach." Activated charcoal may be given to limit absorption of the drug. Treatment will also involve supportive care, which would include relieving any overdose symptoms that occur.
It is important to seek medical attention immediately if you believe that you or someone else may have used too much of this medication.

Picato Medication Information

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