Targretin (BexaroteneŽ) Gel
Targretin gel is used for the topical treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) or Mycosis Fungoides.
This medicine must not be used if you are pregnant, or may become pregnant. It can cause severe birth defects.
Targretin gel is to be applied to the affected lesions only. Do not apply near your eyes, nose, mouth, lips, vagina, tip of penis, rectum, or anus. Wash your hands before and after using the gel.
Do not cover any of the lesions treated with targretin gel with a dressing or bandage besides loose clothing.
Do not take more than the recommended daily dosage of vitamin A.
How to apply
Apply a coating of gel over the complete surface of each lesion. You should leave some gel visible on the surface of the lesion. Allow 5-10 minutes for the gel to dry before the treated areas are covered with clothing. If you apply targretin gel after your shower or bath, you should wait 20 minutes before using it. You should avoid bathing, showering, or swimming for at least 3 hours after using targretin gel.
- Burning, irritation, itching, redness, and scaling at the site where it is being used.
- Increased sensitivity to sunlight.
- Pain at the site.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 06/13/2007
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