What is Actinic Keratosis?

Actinic keratosis is a skin condition associated with long exposure to the sun. It typically presents as a small rough patch that is scaly and raised. The color may be pink, gray, red, or the same color as the skin. Actinic keratosis may develop into certain types of skin cancer.

Early treatment is important since actinic keratosis is considered pre-cancerous. Common drugs used to treat actinic keratosis are immune response modifiers (Aldara), nucleoside metabolic inhibitors (Efudex, Carac), and NSAIDs (Solaraze). Treatment also includes removal of the growth by electrical burning or freezing, or chemical peels.

Savings Tips for Actinic Keratosis

  • FDA Warning Issued for Picato Gel

    August 28, 2015

    The FDA has issued a safety warning for Picato (ingenol) topical gel, used to treat actinic keratosis.

    According to the warning issued August 21, 2015, there have been recent reports that Picato gel can cause severe allergic skin reactions and shingles.

    Is there anything unique about Picato as an actinic keratosis treatment?
    Picato gel only requires 2 to 3 consecutive days of dosing, which is the fastest course of therapy of any topical actinic keratosis treatment. See More

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Popular Actinic Keratosis Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
NSAIDs 13 See Prices
Nucleoside Metabolic Inhibitors 63 See Prices
Nucleoside Metabolic Inhibitors 63 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Actinic Keratosis Drug Classes

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