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Picato® gel is indicated for the topical treatment of actinic keratosis.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
For topical use only; Picato® gel is not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use.
For the treatment of actinic keratosis on the face and scalp Picato® gel, 0.015% should be applied to the affected area once daily for 3 consecutive days.
For the treatment of actinic keratosis on the trunk and extremities Picato® gel, 0.05% should be applied to the affected area once daily for 2 consecutive days.
Picato® gel may be applied to the affected area, up to one contiguous skin area of approximately 25 cm²(e.g., 5 cm x 5 cm) using one unit dose tube. After spreading evenly over the treatment area, the gel should be allowed to dry for 15 minutes. Patients should wash their hands immediately after applying Picato® gel and take care not to transfer the applied drug to other areas, including the eye. Patients should avoid washing and touching the treated area for a period of 6 hours after application of Picato® gel. Following this time, patients may wash the area with a mild soap.
Dosage Forms And Strengths
Gel, 0.015% or 0.05%, in a clear colorless gel base.
Storage And Handling
Picato® gel is a clear colorless gel and is supplied in unit dose laminate tubes containing a nominal fill weight of 0.47 g, with a deliverable weight of 0.25 g. The tubes should be discarded after single use.
Picato® gel is available in 2 dosage strengths: 0.015% and 0.05%.
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Store Picato® gel in a refrigerator at 36°F – 46°F (2°C – 8°C); excursions permitted between 32°F – 59°F (0°C – 15°C) (see USP for controlled cold temperature). Protect from freezing.
Manufactured by : LEO Laboratories Ltd. (LEO Pharma) 285 Cashel Road, Dublin 12 Ireland or DPT Laboratories, Ltd. 307 E. Josephine Street San Antonio, TX 78215, USA. Distributed by : LEO Pharma Inc. 1 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, NJ 07054, USA 1-877-494-4536. Issued January 2012
Last reviewed on RxList: 2/6/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
Additional Picato Information
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