According to one study, patients treated with 3 or more tubes of Becaplermin had an increased risk of death from cancer. Tell your doctor if you have a history of any type of cancer. Be sure the benefits of using Becaplermin are greater than the risks. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
Healing skin ulcers of the lower legs or feet caused by diabetes. It is used in combination with proper wound care.
Becaplermin is a wound-healing agent. It works by helping the body to form cells involved in wound healing and tissue growth.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Becaplermin . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Becaplermin . Because little, if any, of Becaplermin is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if Becaplermin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Use Becaplermin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Becaplermin .
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with Becaplermin . Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); irritation.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. 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 at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Becaplermin may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of Becaplermin :
Store Becaplermin in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not freeze. Do not use the gel after the expiration date at the bottom of the tube. Keep Becaplermin out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Becaplermin . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.