becaplermin gel - topical, Regranex (cont.)
USES: This medication is used to treat certain foot/leg ulcers in people with diabetes. It is used along with good foot/leg care (e.g., keeping pressure off the wound) to help the ulcer heal completely. Becaplermin works by attracting certain natural substances to the ulcer that help wound healing.
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using becaplermin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.Wash hands thoroughly before applying this medicine. To avoid contaminating the container tip, do not touch it to the skin or any other surface. Learn all preparation and usage instructions in the product package. If any of the information is unclear, consult your doctor or pharmacist.The amount of the medication applied is based on the size of the ulcer. Your doctor or wound specialist should adjust your dose every 1 to 2 weeks.Squeeze the prescribed amount of medication onto a clean, firm, and non-absorbent surface (e.g., waxed paper). Use a clean applicator (e.g., cotton swab, tongue depressor) to apply a thin layer of the medication evenly over the ulcer, usually once daily or as directed by your doctor.Cover the ulcer with wound dressing as directed by your doctor. After 12 hours, remove the dressing, rinse the ulcer, and apply new dressing on the ulcer. Do not apply more medication at this time.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day. Use this medication until the ulcer heals completely.Do not apply a thick layer of the medication or use more of the medication than directed. This will not increase the effects of the medication or help the wound heal faster and may increase the risk of side effects. Talk to your doctor for more details.Tell your doctor if your condition worsens, does not improve after 10 weeks, or does not heal completely after 20 weeks.
SIDE EFFECTS: Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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