- What is becaplermin, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for becaplermin?
- Is becaplermin available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for becaplermin?
- What are the side effects of becaplermin?
- What is the dosage for becaplermin?
- Is becaplermin safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about becaplermin?
What is the dosage for becaplermin?
The amount of becaplermin that is applied to the ulcer depends on the size of the ulcer. This can be calculated by measuring the greatest length and width of the ulcer and then applying the amount that is recommended by the directions that accompany each tube of becaplermin. The following method is recommended depending on whether the measurements are in inches or centimeters as follows:
- A 15 g tube length of ulcer x width x 0.6 = length of gel (inches) or length of ulcer x width ÷ 4 = length of gel (cm)
- A 2 g tube length of ulcer x width x 1.3 = length of gel (inches) or length of ulcer x width ÷ 2 = length of gel (cm)
To apply becaplermin gel, hands should first be thoroughly washed. The tip of the tube should not be allowed to contact the ulcer site or any other surface and thereby become contaminated. The cap on the tube should be closed tightly after each use. The calculated amount of gel should be applied once a day.
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