Alitretinoin Side Effects
What should I watch for?
It may take a few weeks before you see the full benefit. Kaposi's sarcoma lesions can affect other parts of your body including the lungs and intestines. You should continue to visit your doctor or health care professional on a regular basis to monitor your progress.
Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Precautions should be taken to avoid becoming pregnant while using this medicine.
Avoid the use of other skincare products on the treated Kaposi's sarcoma lesions. Mineral oil may be used in between applications in order to prevent too much dryness or itching. Do not apply mineral oil for at least 2 hours before or after applying this gel. Try not to scratch treated areas.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Abrasion of skin
blisters on skin
cracking, crusting, drainage, or oozing of the skin
groove in the skin
peeling of skin
sloughing of skin
swelling at the site of application
Stinging or tingling of skin
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Increased sensitivity to the sun
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.