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Methoxsalen (Topical)
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Methoxsalen (Topical) Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(meth OKS a len)

U.S. Brand Names


Canadian Brand Names

Oxsoralen® Lotion

Pharmacologic Category


What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• Severe burns can occur if this medicine is not used correctly. Follow healthcare provider's directions closely.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 12 years of age.

• If you have an allergy to methoxsalen or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Melanoma or squamous cell cancer.

• If you sunburn easily.

• If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

• If you are breast-feeding.

How does it work?

• Methoxsalen increases skin color.

• It increases the sensitivity of the skin to light therapy.

How is it best taken?

• Use a rubber glove to apply.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Call healthcare provider for instructions.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• This medicine will be applied in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2009-09-17 11:06:31.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:26:20.0

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