I just started using Picato gel last night. I thought I read all the directions, but after I had already applied it, I saw that it said not to apply it less than two hours before bedtime, but it doesn't say why. I didn't want to waste the application so I went to bed anyway about 30 minutes after applying it. Doing it before bedtime seemed like a good idea, but I guess I was wrong. Just wanting to know the reason why.
I used Picato 0.15% for my upper lip. I kept putting it off for fear of the unknown. I was afraid my upper lip would go black and blister, as my Dr warned.
It was the opposite. Yes it went red anf blistered for about 4 days but then it was just flaky skin.
Day 1 no pain, day 2 burning, day 3 burning as if someone held s lighter to my lip. Hurt. But day 4 the pain lessened. Day 8 lip still red (almost as if i was licking upper lip and chapped). No one noticed anything different. Day 10 all healed.
My recommendation is DONT put cream on at bedtime. The burning will keep you up all night. I put my cream on shortly after dinner each day. After day 3 I applied hydrocortisone cream (that dr prescribed me) for the next 7-8 days. I think the hydrocortisone sped up healing process. Also Advil, if needed.
Honestly this process was not that bad. I was expecting a lot worse. I planned this process to start on a Friday with Monday being a holiday (and took tues. We’d) off work as well.
- Picato Information for Consumers
- Picato Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Picato (detailed)
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