Your doctor should check your progress at regular visits to make sure that this medicine does not cause unwanted effects. As your skin ulcer changes in size, your doctor may change your dose each week or every other week.
Becaplermin works best when used with other methods for good skin ulcer care, such as not bearing weight on the leg that has the skin ulcer. Your doctor will discuss these methods with you.
Discuss with your doctor whether you should continue the medicine if your skin ulcer is not reduced in size by 30% in 10 weeks or your skin ulcer does not improve after 20 weeks. If your skin ulcer does improve, your doctor may keep you on the medicine until the ulcer is completely healed.
It is important to use the proper amount and not to use more than prescribed. Using too much of this medicine may increase your risk of having cancer. Your doctor will decide if you should continue to use this medicine based on how well your skin ulcer has healed.
If burning, itching, redness, skin rash, swelling, or soreness at the application site occurs, stop using this medicine and check with your doctor right away.