Ingenol topical Side Effects
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on May 26, 2020.
Commonly reported side effects of ingenol topical include: dermal ulcer, localized vesiculation, skin erosion, swelling of skin, and erythema of skin. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
For the Consumer
Applies to ingenol topical: topical application gel/jelly
Side effects requiring immediate medical attention
Along with its needed effects, ingenol topical 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 immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking ingenol topical:
- Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
- pain and itching at the application site
- redness of the skin (severe)
- skin ulcers
- swelling of the skin
- Burning, dry, or itching eyes
- discharge or excessive tearing
- eye pain
- infection at the application site
- redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
- swelling around the eyes
Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention
Some side effects of ingenol topical 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:
- Flaking or scaling of the skin
- redness of the skin (mild)
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to ingenol topical: topical gel
Frequency not reported: Hypersensitivity reactions[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Application site erythema (up to 94%), application site exfoliation (up to 90%), application site scab (up to 80%), application site swelling (up to 79%), application site erosion/ulceration (up to 32%), application site vesicles (up to 20%), application site pain (including application site burning) (up to 15%)
Common (1% to 10%): Application site pruritus, application site irritation
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Application site discharge, application site paresthesia, application site ulcer, application site warmth[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Flaking/scaling (85%), crusting (80%), vesiculation/postulation (56%)
Very common (10% or more): Application site pustules (up to 43%)
Common (1% to 10%): Application site infection
Common (1% to 10%): Headache[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Eye lid edema, periorbital edema
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Eyelid pain
Frequency not reported: Chemical conjunctivitis, corneal burn, eyelid ptosis[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Swelling (79%)[Ref]
1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
3. "Product Information. Picato (ingenol topical)." Leo Pharma Inc, Parsippany, NY.
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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.