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- Wash your hands and affected skin area thoroughly with mild soap (not medicated or abrasive soap or soap that dries the skin) and water.
- Use clean fingertips, a gauze pad, or a cotton swab to apply the medication.
- Apply enough gel to cover the lesion with a generous coating.
- Apply the medication to the affected skin area only. Do not apply to unaffected areas; do not apply on or near mucus membranes.
- Allow the gel to dry for 3-5 minutes before covering with clothing.
Before using alitretinoin,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to alitretinoin, etretinate, isotretinoin, tazarotene, tretinoin, or any other drugs.
- tell your doctor what other medications you are taking, including vitamins or herbal products. Do not use insect repellants that contain DEET while using alitretinoin.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had a type of skin cancer known as T-cell lymphoma.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using alitretinoin, call your doctor immediately. You should not plan to become pregnant while using alitretinoin.
- plan to avoid unnecessary or prolonged exposure to sunlight and to wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Alitretinoin may make your skin sensitive to sunlight.
- warmth or slight stinging of the skin
- lightening or darkening of the skin
- red, scaling skin
- swelling, blistering, or crusting of the skin
- pain at site of application