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Birch Triterpenes Topical

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Birch triterpenes is used for treatment of wounds associated with certain types of epidermolysis bullosa(condition that causes blistering of the skin) in adults and children 6 months of age or older. Birch triterpenes is in a class of medications called botanicals. How it works to help epidermolysis bullosa is not well understood.

How should this medicine be used?

Burch triterpenes is applied topically as a gel. Until the wound heals, it is typically administered after every dressing change.

Use gloves when applying birch triterpenes, or wash your hands before and after. Generous amounts of gel (about 1 mm) should be applied directly to the wound, either to be covered with a fresh bandage later on, or applied to the bandage itself before it is placed over the wound.

Every tube is designed to be used just once. Apply gel as soon as it’s opened, then discard the tube and any leftovers.

If birch triterpene therapy causes an infection in a wound, discontinue treatment until the infection clears up.

Keep your eyes and mucous membranes (such as the mouth, vagina, or anus) away from birch triterpene contact. Use water to wash the area if contact does occur.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information if you think this medicine could be recommended for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

As for special precautions to follow when using birch triterpenes topical:

  • If you have an allergy to any of the chemicals in birch triterpenes gel, other drugs, or birch triterpenes themselves, let your doctor and pharmacist know. For an ingredient list, consult the Medication Guide or ask your pharmacist.
  • Inform your physician and pharmacist about all of the vitamins, nutritional supplements, herbal items, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and vitamins you now take or intend to take.
  • Inform your physician if you intend to get pregnant, are nursing a baby, or are currently pregnant. Speak with your doctor if you become pregnant while taking birch triterpenes.
  • Tell the doctor or dentist that you use birch triterpenes if you are having surgery, including dental surgery.

Always follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider or as indicated on the product label, and if you experience any adverse reactions or have concerns about using birch triterpenes topical, consult your healthcare provider for guidance.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Regarding dietary instructions, Birch Triterpenes Topical is typically applied directly to the skin and is not ingested. Therefore, there are no specific dietary instructions associated with its use. However, maintaining a balanced diet and staying hydrated can support overall skin health and may complement the topical treatment.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Utilize the overlooked dosage as soon as you recall it. But if the next dose is almost here, ignore the one you missed and stick to your usual bandage-changing routine. Never apply more gel to compensate for a dose that was missed.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Birch triterpenes topical preparations are generally well-tolerated, but like any medication, they may cause side effects in some individuals. Common side effects associated with Birch Triterpenes Topical may include:

  • Skin irritation: This is the most common side effect and may manifest as redness, itching, burning sensation, or rash at the application site.
  • Allergic reactions: Some individuals may experience allergic reactions to birch triterpenes, which can range from mild to severe. Symptoms may include hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, difficulty breathing, or severe itching.
  • Sensitivity to sunlight: Birch triterpenes may increase the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, leading to a higher risk of sunburn. It’s advisable to use sunscreen and protective clothing while using this medication, especially during prolonged sun exposure.
  • Skin dryness or peeling: In some cases, prolonged use of Birch Triterpenes Topical may cause dryness or peeling of the skin at the application site.
  • Contact dermatitis: Rarely, individuals may develop contact dermatitis, characterized by inflammation of the skin due to direct contact with the topical preparation.
  • Exacerbation of underlying skin conditions: In rare instances, Birch Triterpenes Topical may worsen underlying skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

It’s essential to discontinue use and seek medical attention if you experience any severe or persistent side effects while using Birch Triterpenes Topical. If you have a history of allergic reactions or sensitive skin, perform a patch test before using the product over larger areas of the skin.

As with any medication, it’s crucial to weigh the potential benefits against the risk of side effects. If you have concerns about using Birch Triterpenes Topical or experience any adverse reactions, consult your healthcare provider for guidance.

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Storage and Disposal:


  • Room temperature: Store Birch Triterpenes Topical at room temperature away from excessive heat and moisture. Avoid storing it in areas exposed to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
  • Keep out of reach of children: Store the medication in a secure location out of the reach of children and pets to prevent accidental ingestion or misuse.
  • Avoid contamination: Ensure that the container is tightly closed when not in use to prevent contamination or evaporation of the product.


  • Follow instructions: Dispose of Birch Triterpenes Topical according to the instructions provided by your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Do not dispose of it in household trash or wastewater unless instructed to do so.
  • Unused medication: If you have unused Birch Triterpenes Topical or if it has expired, consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal facility for proper disposal methods.

In case of emergency/overdose

  • Seek medical help: In case of accidental ingestion or overdose of Birch Triterpenes Topical, seek immediate medical attention or contact your local poison control center.
  • Symptom management: If someone accidentally ingests Birch Triterpenes Topical, do not induce vomiting unless instructed to do so by medical professionals. Monitor for symptoms and provide supportive care as needed.

What other information should I know?

  • Follow instructions: Always follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider or as indicated on the product label when using Birch Triterpenes Topical. Use the medication as directed and do not exceed the recommended dosage or frequency of application.
  • Inform healthcare provider: Inform your healthcare provider about any other medications, supplements, or topical products you are using to avoid potential interactions.
  • Patch test: Perform a patch test before using Birch Triterpenes Topical over larger areas of the skin, especially if you have sensitive skin or a history of allergic reactions.
  • Regular follow-up: Attend regular follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider to monitor the effectiveness and safety of Birch Triterpenes Topical for your condition.

By following these guidelines for storage, disposal, and handling of Birch Triterpenes Topical, you can ensure safe and effective use of the medication. If you have any questions or concerns, consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist for further assistance.

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