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Oxsoralen-Ultra

Oxsoralen-Ultra



USES: This medication 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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Oxsoralen-Ultra

Uses
This medication is used to treat certain types of skin disorders (e.g., psoriasis, vitiligo). It is used in combination with ultraviolet (UVA) light therapy.
Notes
  • This medication must be taken under close medical supervision.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits of this therapy with your doctor.
  • Periodic lab tests and eye exams will be done to monitor the effectiveness of this therapy.

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


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How To Use
  • Take this medication 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.
  • This medication 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 this drug without first checking with you doctor or pharmacist.

Side Effects
  • Eye damage, cataracts, skin aging and skin cancer are risks of this medication and UVA therapy.
  • Protect eyes by using goggles during UVA therapy.
  • Side effects include stomach upset, nausea, headache, dizziness, nervousness, sleeplessness, skin rash, mouth sores, fever blisters, fluid retention and leg cramps.
  • Notify your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms.
  • This medication 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.
  • This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor.
  • It is not known if this medication appears in breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
  • This medication increases sensitivity to sunlight.
  • Do not sunbathe 24 hours prior to using this medication.
  • 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 an allergy to sunlight, infection, lupus, porphyria, skin cancer, stomach trouble, cataracts, liver disease, or heart and 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 of anthralin, coal tar, griseofulvin, phenothiazines (e.g., chlorpromazine, promethazine), nalidixic acid, bacteriostatic soaps, thiazide diuretics, tetracyclines and certain dyes such as methylene blue, toluidine blue, rose bengal and methyl orange.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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