What is Picato?
Picato is a drug against actinic keratosis, or a sun-damaged skin. The gel contains ingenol mebutate, a drug that destroys damaged skin cells so that new skin cells can replace them. You can order Picato online through the pharmacies that work with Dokteronline.com.
What is this medication used for?
With actinic keratosis the skin is damaged in certain places (often in the face, forearms or on the back of the hands) by years of exposure to sunlight. Small, rough spots appear, often light brown of colour. Actinic keratosis can turn into skin cancer in some cases. Therefore, but also because the spots are disfiguring, it is best to treat this condition. Picato tackles actinic keratosis by destroying the damaged skin cells. This creates an immune response and the damaged skin cells are disposed of. Then healthy skin cells replace them.
How to use Picato?
The partner pharmacies offer Picato available online in two different strengths.
- Picato 150 micrograms is specifically designed for facial skin and scalp.
- Picato 500 micrograms is intended for the rest of the body.
Picato has a very short shelf life. Store the tube in the refrigerator. Use a new tube every day and throw it away after use, even if there is some gel left in it.
Unless a doctor advises otherwise, the dosage for Picato is as follows:
- Adults: apply once daily some gel on the affected area(s) for two days (body) or three days (face/scalp).
Skin reactions often appear after the application of Picato. The treated skin can become red or swollen and painful or itchy. Sometimes sores or blisters also occur. These reactions are part of the healing process and disappear over time. More information about the side effects can be found in the leaflet.
When is it best not to use this medication?
Picato is not always a suitable drug. Do not use this medication:
- If you are allergic to ingenol mebutate or any of the excipients used;
- On open wounds;
- To treat actinic keratoses on the eyelids, lips, inside of the ears or around the nostrils.
Pregnancy / driving / alcohol
Do not use Picato if you are pregnant and only in consultation with a doctor if you are breastfeeding.
This medicine does not affect your ability to react.
There is no warning with regards to the use of alcohol.