Bexarotene belongs to a class of drugs known as retinoids. Retinoids are drugs that are relatives of vitamin A. The exact way bexarotene works is unknown, but it is believed to inhibit the growth of tumor cells.
How to Take Bexarotene
Bexarotene is given in a pill form or a gel form that is applied to the skin. This article focuses on the gel formulation. The gel should be applied initially once every other day. The frequency should be increased, as tolerated, to once a day, then twice a day, then three times a day and finally four times a day.
How to Apply:
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Possible Side Effects of Bexarotene
Patients are unlikely to develop system-wide side effects, such as nausea and low white blood cell count, while using the topical formula. However, local skin reactions can occur.
While using this gel, your skin may develop redness, itching, burning, irritation and scaling in the area of application. Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun, which can result in severe sunburn or rash. Sun sensitivity can last even after you stop taking the medication. Avoid the sun as much as possible, as even a little exposure can cause a burn. Do not use a sunlamp or tanning bed. Wear sunglasses and long sleeves/pants to protect your skin and eyes. Talk to your healthcare provider before using topical lotions and moisturizers as these may interfere with the medication if applied to the same areas.