Medication information

Actikerall 10+0.5% solution

This medication is typically used for actinic keratosis. It requires a few weeks to take effect.

Instructions

This medication is to be applied on the skin. To use:

  • clean the affected area;
  • apply small amount of the product and limit the application to the affected area.


Wash your hands after applying the medication.

Do not let this product come in contact with your eyes or lips. Do not apply it on skin that has been cut or scratched.

Continue applying the product to complete the prescribed course of treatment, even after improvement is seen or felt.

This product may discolour hair or clothing that it comes into contact with. Use caution when applying it.

Children and pregnant women must avoid direct contact with a zone of application not washed or not covered with a garment.

This medication is typically used only once a day. However, your doctor or pharmacist may have suggested a different schedule that is more appropriate for you. Apply it regularly and continuously to maintain its beneficial effect.

Important: Follow the instructions on the label. Do not use more of this product, or more often, than prescribed. This product is to be applied only to affected areas. Avoid touching it with your fingers. To apply, use a finger cot (fingerstall) or an applicator.

Side effects

In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:

  • it may cause local pain;
  • it may cause inflammation at the site where the medication is used;
  • it may make your skin more sensitive to UV rays (e.g., sunlight, tanning lamps) - avoid exposure to UV rays as much as possible and protect yourself when out in the sun;
  • it may cause local irritation.

Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.

Storage

As with most medications, this product should be stored at room temperature. Store it in a secure location where it will not be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight. Once opened, the product must be used within 3 months. Any unused portion should be discarded.

Additional Information

Pregnant women should not use this product. If you're planning a pregnancy or become pregnant, contact your family doctor.

Taking this medication during pregnancy may be harmful for the baby. Women of childbearing potential should use an effective contraceptive method during treatment and for several weeks after the end of it. Ask your healthcare professional for details.

Although the drugs you are taking are intended to help you, they can be harmful to those around you. Make sure that a professional who oversees your treatment has given you all the necessary precautions.

General notes

When meeting with any health professional, it is important for you to share the following information:

  • Your medical history and allergies (medication, food, or other);
  • If you smoke, are pregnant, are planning a pregnancy, or are breastfeeding;
  • The names of all the medications you take, whether you take them regularly or once in a while, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and natural health products.


It is also strongly recommended that you keep an up-to-date list of all the medications you take and carry it with you at all times. This could be useful if you have to see a health professional or need emergency care.

Keep all your medications out of the reach of children and pets and return any unused or expired medications to the pharmacy for proper disposal.