Targretin (Bexarotene®) 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.
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
Increased sensitivity to sunlight
Pain at the site
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