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   8-Mop

8-Mop
Methoxsalen-Oral


8-Mop is used to treat certain types of skin disorders (e.g., psoriasis, vitiligo). It is used in combination with ultraviolet (UVA) light therapy.

 
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8-Mop

Uses
8-Mop is used to treat certain types of skin disorders (e.g., psoriasis, vitiligo). It is used in combination with ultraviolet (UVA) light therapy.


Storage
  • Store at room temperature and keep away from moisture and sunlight.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.


Overdose
  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Symptoms of overdose may include burning or blistering of the skin.

How To Use
  • Take 8-Mop one and one half hour to 2 hours before UVA therapy or as directed by your doctor.
  • Do not increase your dose or take it more often.
  • Your condition will not clear faster, but side effects may be increased.
  • 8-Mop may be taken with food or milk to minimize nausea.
  • If necessary, divide the dose in half and take each half 30 minutes apart.
  • It is important to carefully follow instructions for exposure to ultraviolet light.
  • Over exposure may result in serious sunburn.
  • Do not switch brands of 8-Mop without first checking with you doctor or pharmacist.

Side Effects
  • Eye damage, cataracts, skin aging and skin cancer are risks of 8-Mop and UVA therapy.
  • Protect eyes by using goggles during UVA therapy.
  • Notify your doctor if you develop any of the following: stomach upset, nausea, headache, dizziness, nervousness, sleeplessness, rash, mouth sores, fever blisters, fluid retention, leg cramps.
  • 8-Mop causes changes in skin color that appear after a few weeks and up to 9 months.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Certain foods may cause reactions when eaten during methoxsalen therapy.
  • Try to avoid them.
  • They include carrots, celery, figs, limes, mustard, parsley and parsnips.
  • 8-Mop is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor.
  • It is not known if 8-Mop appears in breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
  • 8-Mop increases sensitivity to sunlight.
  • Do not sunbathe 24 hours prior to using 8-Mop.
  • After use, avoid sun exposure for at least 8 hours.
  • Wear protective clothing, such as hats, gloves and UVA-absorbing sunglasses.
  • Apply broad screen sunscreens (SPF 15) to all exposed skin including lips.
  • Tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions: sun sensitivity, infection, lupus, porphyria, skin cancer, stomach trouble, cataracts, liver disease, heart or blood vessel disease.

Missed Dose
  • If you are late in taking a dose, or miss a dose entirely, notify your doctor so your light treatment can be rescheduled.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially: anthralin, coal tar, griseofulvin, phenothiazines (e.g., chlorpromazine, promethazine), nalidixic acid, bacteriostatic soaps, thiazide diuretics, tetracyclines, sulfa drugs (sulfonamides), fluoroquinolone antibiotics (e.g., ciprofloxacin), certain dyes (e.g., methylene blue, toluidine blue, rose bengal, methyl orange).
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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