Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

Use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

This medicine comes with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Use this medicine only on your skin and only on the area prescribed by your doctor. Do not get it into your eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina. You should not use this medicine on any other rashes, sores, or cuts. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.

To use the gel:

  • Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Depending on how quickly your skin ulcer heals, your doctor may change the dose of your medicine. Use of more medicine than your doctor prescribed will not help your skin ulcer heal more quickly.
  • Wash your hands before and after using this medicine.
  • Squeeze the gel onto a clean surface that will not absorb the medicine (eg, wax paper). Do not apply the medicine directly from the tube onto the skin.
  • Use a cotton swab, tongue depressor, or other applicator aid to spread an thin, even layer of gel over the surface of the skin ulcer.
  • Cover the skin ulcer with a gauze dressing that has been moistened with saline solution. Leave the skin ulcer covered for 12 hours. After 12 hours, remove the gauze. Carefully rinse the skin ulcer with saline or water to remove any medicine that remains. Do not apply more medicine. Put another saline-moistened gauze dressing on the area for the next 12 hours.
  • To keep the medicine as germ-free as possible, do not touch the tip of the tube to any surface (including the skin ulcer). Keep the tube tightly closed when you are not using it. Use a cotton swab, tongue depressor, or other application aid when you apply this medicine.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For topical dosage form (gel):
    • For diabetic skin ulcers:
      • Adults and children 16 years of age and older—Apply to the affected area once a day and leave it on for 12 hours. The amount applied will change each week or every other week, depending on the changing size of the skin ulcer.
      • Children younger than 16 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Storage

Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

This medicine should not be used after the expiration date. The date can be found at the bottom of the tube.