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Picato




PATIENT INFORMATION

PICATO®
(Pih-KAY-toe)
(ingenol mebutate) gel, 0.015%, 0.05%

Important: For use on the skin only (topical). Do not use Picato® gel in, around, or near your eyes, lips, mouth, or vagina.

What is Picato® gel?

  • Picato® gel, 0.015% is a prescription medicine used on the skin to treat actinic keratosis on the face or scalp.
  • Picato® gel, 0.05% is a prescription medicine used on the skin to treat actinic keratosis on the body or arms and legs.

It is not known if Picato® gel is safe and effective for the treatment of actinic keratosis in children less than 18 years of age.

Who should not use Picato gel?

Do not use Picato gel if you are allergic to ingenol mebutate or any of the ingredients in Picato gel. See the end of this leaflet for a list of the ingredients in Picato gel.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before using Picato® gel?

Before using Picato® gel, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • are being treated or have been treated for actinic keratosis with other medicines or surgery. You should not use Picato® gel until your skin has healed from other treatments.
  • have other skin problems or sunburn in the treatment area.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Picato® gel can harm your unborn baby.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.

How should I use Picato® gel?

  • Use Picato® gel exactly as your healthcare provider tells you. Picato® gel is for skin use only.
  • Your healthcare provider will tell you where to apply Picato® gel, and how often, and how long to apply it. Do not apply Picato® gel to other areas.
  • Do not use more Picato® gel than you need to cover the treatment area. Using too much Picato® gel, or using it too often, or for too long can increase your chances for having a severe skin reaction or other side effects.
  • Do not get Picato® gel in, around, or near your eyes. Do not touch your eyes while you are applying Picato® gel.
    • Wash your hands well with soap and water after applying Picato® gel. After applying Picato® gel, be careful to keep Picato® gel on the treated area from coming into contact with your eyes. Irritation may happen if you get Picato® gel in your eyes.
    • If you accidentally get Picato® gel in your eyes, flush them with large amounts of water and get medical care as soon as possible. Also see “What are the possible side effects of Picato® gel?”
  • Do not get Picato® gel in, around, or near your mouth or lips.
  • To help prevent accidental transfer of Picato gel to other areas of your body or to another person:
    • allow the treated area to dry for 15 minutes after you apply Picato gel.
    • avoid washing and touching the treated area, or doing activities that cause a lot of sweating, for 6hours after treatment. After 6 hours, you may wash the area with a mild soap and water.
  • Only use a tube of Picato® gel 1 time. Throw away any open tube of Picato® gel after use even if there is medicine still left in it.
  • See the Instructions for Use that comes with your Picato® gel for information about the right way to apply it.

What are the possible side effects of Picato® gel?

PICATO® gel may cause serious or severe side effects including:

  • Serious allergic reactions. Serious allergic reactions have happened with Picato gel, and in some cases have required treatment in a hospital. See “Who should not use Picato Gel?” Get medical help right away if you get any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction:
    • swelling of the lips or tongue
    • trouble breathing or wheezing
    • chest tightness
    • dizziness or passing out
  • Eye problems can happen if Picato® gel gets in your eyes. Eye problems may include severe eye pain, swelling or drooping of your eyelids, or swelling around your eyes. If you accidentally get Picato® gel in your eyes, flush them with large amounts of water and get medical care as soon as possible.
  • Local skin reactions. Skin reactions in the treatment area are common with Picato® gel. You may get a skin reaction such as mild redness, flaking or scaling, crusting, or swelling. Call your healthcare provider if you get skin redness, flaking or scaling, crusting, or swelling that is more severe, or if you get blisters, pus, ulcers or breakdown of your skin.

The most common side effects with Picato® gel include:

  • local skin reactions, see “Local skin reactions” above
  • swelling around the eyes
  • pain, itching, or skin irritation at the treatment area
  • nose and throat irritation
  • infection at the treatment area
  • headache

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of Picato® gel. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to LEO Pharma Inc. at 1-877-494-4536.

How should I store Picato® gel?

  • Store Picato® gel in a refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C). Do not freeze.
  • Picato® gel has an expiration date (exp) marked on the end of the tube. Do not use the gel after this date.
  • Safely throw away used Picato® gel tubes in household trash.

Keep Picato® gel and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about the safe and effective use of Picato® gel.

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use Picato® gel for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Picato® gel to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about Picato® gel that is written for health professionals.

What are the ingredients in Picato® gel?

Active ingredient: ingenol mebutate.

Inactive ingredients: isopropyl alcohol, hydroxyethyl cellulose, citric acid monohydrate, sodium citrate, benzyl alcohol and purified water.

Instructions for Use

PICATO®
(Pih-KAY-toe)
(ingenol mebutate) gel, 0.015%

Be sure that you read, understand, and follow these Instructions for Use before you use Picato® gel for the first time. Also read the Patient Information leaflet that comes with Picato® gel.

Important:

  • Always use Picato® gel exactly as your healthcare provider tells you. Check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you are not sure.
  • Only use Picato® gel, 0.015% to treat actinic keratosis on your face or scalp.
  • Apply Picato® gel, 0.015% to the skin area to be treated 1 time each day for 3 days in a row. Use a new tube for each day of treatment.
  • Avoid touching the treatment area or doing activities that cause a lot of sweating for 6 hours after applying Picato® gel. After 6 hours you may wash the treatment area with a mild soap and water.

Do not:

  • apply right after taking a shower or less than 2 hours before bedtime.
  • get Picato® gel in, around, or near your eyes. Do not touch your eyes while you are applying Picato® gel.
    • Wash your hands well with soap and water after applying it. After applying Picato® gel, be careful to keep Picato® gel on the treated area from coming into contact with your eyes. Irritation may happen if you get Picato® gel in your eyes.
    • If you accidentally get Picato® gel in your eyes, flush them with large amounts of water and get medical care as soon as possible. Also see the section of Patient Information leaflet section called “What are the possible side effects of Picato® gel?”
  • get Picato gel in, around, or near your lips and mouth.

Applying Picato® gel.

Step 1. Open a new tube each time you use Picato® gel.

Step 2. Remove cap from tube just before use. (See Figure A.)

Figure A

Remove cap - Illustration

Step 3. Squeeze the gel from the tube onto a fingertip. (See Figure B.) Only use enough gel needed to cover the affected area, as directed by your healthcare provider. One tube contains enough gel to cover a skin area of about 2 inches by 2 inches.

Figure B

Squeeze the gel from the tube onto a fingertip - Illustration

Step 4. Spread the gel evenly over only the skin area to be treated. Do not get in, around or near the eyes, lips, and mouth. Allow the treated area to dry for 15 minutes. (See Figure C.)

Figure C

Spread the gel evenly over only the skin area to be treated - Illustration

Step 5. Wash your hands right away after applying Picato® gel. (See Figure D.)

Figure D

Wash your hands - Illustration

Step 6. Safely throw away (dispose of) the tube after use.

Repeat the above steps for each day of treatment.

To help prevent transfer of Picato gel to other areas of your body or to another person, allow the treated area to dry for 15 minutes after you apply Picato gel.

How should I store Picato® gel?

  • Store Picato® gel in a refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C). Do not freeze.
  • Picato® gel has an expiration date (exp) marked on the end of the tube. Do not use the gel after this date.
  • Safely throw away used Picato® gel tubes in household trash.

This Instructions for Use has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Instructions for Use

PICATO®
(Pih-KAY-toe)
(ingenol mebutate) gel, 0.05%

Be sure that you read, understand, and follow these Instructions for Use before you use Picato® gel for the first time. Also read the Patient Information leaflet that comes with Picato® gel.

Important:

  • Always use Picato® gel exactly as your healthcare provider tells you. Check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you are not sure.
  • Only use Picato® gel, 0.05% to treat actinic keratosis on your body, arms, hands or legs.
  • Apply Picato® gel, 0.05% to the skin area to be treated 1 time each day for 2 days in a row. Use a new tube for each day of treatment.
  • Avoid touching the treatment area or doing activities that cause a lot of sweating for 6 hours after applying Picato® gel. After 6 hours you may wash the treatment area with a mild soap and water.

Do not:

  • apply right after taking a shower or less than 2 hours before bedtime.
  • get Picato® gel in, around, or near your eyes. Do not touch your eyes while you are applying Picato® gel.
    • Wash your hands well with soap and water after applying it. After applying Picato® gel, be careful to keep Picato® gel on treated area from coming into contact with your eyes. Irritation may happen if you get Picato® gel in your eyes.
    • If you accidentally get Picato® gel in your eyes, flush them with large amounts of water and get medical care as soon as possible. Also see the section of Patient Information leaflet section called “What are the possible side effects of Picato® gel?”
  • get Picato gel in, around, or near your lips and mouth

Applying Picato® gel.

Step 1. Open a new tube each time you use Picato® gel.

Step 2. Remove cap from tube just before use. (See Figure A.)

Figure A

Remove cap - Illustration

Step 3. Squeeze the gel from the tube onto a fingertip. (See Figure B.) Only use enough gel needed to cover the affected area, as directed by your healthcare provider. One tube contains enough gel to cover a skin area of about 2 inches by 2 inches.

Figure B

Squeeze the gel from the tube onto a fingertip - Illustration

Step 4. Spread the gel evenly over only the skin area to be treated. Do not get in, around or near the eyes, lips, and mouth. Allow the treated area to dry for 15 minutes. (See Figure C.)

Figure C

Spread the gel evenly over only the skin area to be treated - Illustration

Step 5. Wash your hands right away after applying Picato® gel. (See Figure D.) If you are treating your hands you should only wash the fingertip which you used for applying the gel.

Figure D

Wash your hands - Illustration

Step 6. Safely throw away (dispose of) the tube after use.

Repeat the above steps for each day of treatment.

To help prevent transfer of Picato gel to other areas of your body or to another person, allow the treated area to dry for 15 mintues after you apply Picato gel.

How should I store Picato® gel?

  • Store Picato® gel in a refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C). Do not freeze.
  • Picato® gel has an expiration date (exp) marked on the end of the tube. Do not use the gel after this date.
  • Safely throw away used Picato® gel tubes in household trash.

This Instructions for Use has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Last reviewed on RxList: 10/15/2015
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

 

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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