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Aminolevulinic Acid HCl

Aminolevulinic acid is used to treat a certain skin condition (actinic keratosis). It is used along with a special light (blue light) to treat skin affected by actinic keratosis on the face and scalp.

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Aminolevulinic Acid HCl

Aminolevulinic acid is used to treat a certain skin condition (actinic keratosis). It is used along with a special light (blue light) to treat skin affected by actinic keratosis on the face and scalp.
  • It is very important to keep all of your scheduled medical appointments.
  • This treatment works only if your doctor gives the blue light treatment at the proper time after applying the medication.

  • Store the unmixed solution/applicator at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light.
  • Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted.
  • Keep all medicines out of reach of children and pets.After this medication is mixed, it should be used within 2 hours.
  • Discard the applicator and any unused portion of the medication.

How To Use
  • Your doctor or other qualified health care provider will apply this drug directly on the affected area of skin on your scalp or face as directed.
  • You should not apply this medication yourself.This medication should not be applied to the eyes or to mucous membranes (e.g., inside the nose or mouth).
  • Do not cover the treated area with bandages unless directed by your doctor.Keep the treated areas dry.
  • Do not wash the treated areas until after the blue light treatment.
  • Avoid sunlight and/or bright indoor lights (e.g., medical examination lights, tanning beds) and wear protective clothing and/or a wide-brimmed hat until your blue light treatment.
  • Sunscreen does not protect the treated areas.This treatment requires 2 office visits.
  • Your doctor will use a blue light treatment on the area 14 to 18 hours after the medication is applied.
  • Usually the medication is applied in the late afternoon, and the light treatment is done the next morning.
  • Be sure you will be able to return for the blue light treatment in 14 to 18 hours.
  • This type of light will not burn the skin, but you may feel tingling or stinging on the treated skin area(s).
  • You will be given eye protection to wear during the treatment.
  • If you have any questions about the blue light treatment, ask your doctor.This medication will make you more sensitive to the sun and to bright indoor lights (e.g., halogen lights, tanning salons).
  • After your blue light treatment, wear protective clothing (e.g., wide-brimmed hat) for at least 5 days.
  • Avoid exposing the treated skin to direct sunlight and/or bright indoor lights during this time.
  • Sunscreen will not protect your skin from light.If you cannot return the next day for the blue light treatment, call your doctor immediately.
  • If you are not able to keep this appointment, you must wear protective clothing and a hat and avoid exposing the treated skin to bright light or sunlight for 2 days.Your doctor may schedule a second treatment after 8 weeks if needed.
  • Tell your doctor if your skin does not improve.

Side Effects
  • Redness, swelling, tingling, stinging/burning, scabs/crusting, or change in skin color may occur at the treatment site.
  • These effects may last for up to 4 weeks after you receive the blue light treatment or after you are exposed to bright light.
  • Decreasing your contact with bright light will reduce these side effects.
  • If any of these side effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: open skin sores (ulcers), bleeding.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
  • However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to porphyrins; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions.
  • Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: porphyria, photosensitivity to the blue light treatment.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • Not applicable.

Drug Interactions
  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: other skin care products.Tell your doctor if you use any other medications that may make you more sensitive to sunlight (increase photosensitivity), especially of: tetracycline antibiotics (e.g., doxycycline, tetracycline), sulfa antibiotics (e.g., sulfamethoxazole), phenothiazines (e.g., chlorpromazine), griseofulvin, certain diabetes drugs (sulfonylureas such as glipizide, glyburide), certain "water pills" (thiazide diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide).

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