Generic Oxsoralen (Methoxsalen)

Generic Oxsoralen (Methoxsalen)

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Indications for Generic Oxsoralen (Methoxsalen)

Oxsoralen or methoxsalen is a drug which works through making the body more sensitive to ultraviolet light A or UVA.

Oxsoralen is used together with UVA light therapy for the treatment of severe psoriasis.

Oxsoralen can also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Important Information about Generic Oxsoralen (Methoxsalen)

You should not use Oxsoralen if you have an allergy to methoxsalen.

If you have certain medical conditions like a history of skin cancer or if the lenses of your eyes are damages because of an injury, surgery or a genetic condition, you might not be allowed to use Oxsoralen. Also inform your doctor if you have any other medical conditions like heart disease, porphyria, lupus, liver disease, kidney disease, a history of cataracts, or if you have gained or lost weight recently, or if you have a skin pigment disorder. If you have any of these, your dose may have to be changed or adjusted.

After receiving Oxsoralen (Methoxsalen) and UVA treatment, you would need to protect your skin and eyes from natural sunlight. You would also need to wear sunscreen and protective clothing for at least eight hours after treatment. Make sure to follow the specific instructions given to you by your doctor.

Oxsoralen belongs to the FDA pregnancy category C, which means that its effects to a developing baby are not yet known. Make sure to inform your doctor if you are pregnant, are trying to get pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Make sure to tell your doctor all the medications that you have used in the past and are using including arsenic trioxide, anthralin, a bacteriostatic soap, coal tar, griseofulvin, nalidixic acid, a staining dye, a sulfa drug, a diuretic or a water pill, an antibiotic, a tetracycline antibiotic, and if you have used or are using medications for a psychiatric disorder.

Dosage and Administration of Generic Oxsoralen (Methoxsalen)

Oxsoralen or methoxsalen should only be used as it has been prescribed for you. Never take it in a larger dosage or for a longer period than what has been advised by your physician. Follow the exact dosing instructions on the prescription label.

Oxsoralen is typically taken about 90 minutes to two hours before you receive your UVA treatment. The timing would depend on whether you would be taking the hard or the soft gelatin capsule.

Oxsoralen should be taken with milk or low-fat food to prevent stomach upset.

If you miss a dose or forget to take it 90 minites to two hours prior a scheduled UVA treatment, contact your doctor for specific instructions.

The timing of when you take methoxsalen is critical in relation to UVA treatment. Therefore, you may need to reschedule your light therapy appointment if you have not taken methoxsalen at the proper time beforehand.

If you have used too much of Oxsoralen, stay in a dark room and contact your doctor as you would be extremely sensitive to light. Call for emergency medical help as well. Some symptoms of an overdose would include fainting, dizziness and nausea.

Possible Side Effects of Generic Oxsoralen (Methoxsalen)

Some of the side effects which are commonly caused by the Oxsoralen or methoxsalen would include an upset stomach, nausea, dizziness, headache, a depressed mood, sleep problems, nervousness, leg pain, tenderness and mild skin itching.


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