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Table of Contents > Drugs >  Methoxsalen
Methoxsalen
Pronunciation
Brand Names
Foreign Brand Names
Therapeutic Categories
What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?
Reasons not to take this medicine
What is this medicine used for?
How does it work?
How is it best taken?
What do I do if I miss a dose?
What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
What are the common side effects of this medicine?
What should I monitor?
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
How should I store this medicine?
General statements

Pronunciation
(meth OKS a len)

Brand Names
8-MOP®; Oxsoralen® Topical; Oxsoralen-Ultra®; Uvadex®

Foreign Brand Names
Ultramop™ (Canada)

Therapeutic Categories
Psoralen

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

  • Terrible burns can occur if not used correctly. Follow your healthcare provider's directions closely. The lotion should only be applied by a healthcare provider.


Reasons not to take this medicine

  • If you have an allergy to methoxsalen or any other part of the medicine.
  • If you have any of the following conditions: Cataracts, squamous cell cancer, burn easily.
  • Do not give to children less than 12 years of age.


What is this medicine used for?

  • This medicine is used to treat white patches of skin called vitiligo, increase tolerance to sunlight, or enhance pigmentation of skin. Talk to healthcare provider for more details.


How does it work?

  • Normal skin color is due to melanocytes in the skin. Methoxsalen increases the melanin in the exposed skin.


How is it best taken?

  • Take 2 hours before timed periods of exposure to UV light.
  • Take with food.


What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to your regular schedule.
  • Do not take a double dose or extra doses.


What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

  • Wear sunglasses during exposure and protect lips with lipstick that contains sunscreen.
  • Do not go over exposure time. You can develop a serious burn.
  • Use sunscreen and protective clothing after exposure time is over. Talk with healthcare provider.
  • Exposure to sun or UV rays may age skin more quickly.
  • 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, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
  • Do not use in pregnancy and do not get pregnant. Use birth control you can trust while taking this medicine.
  • Do not use if you are breast-feeding.


What are the common side effects of this medicine?

  • Sunburn or blisters. Follow directions closely about skin and eye protection.
  • Nausea. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard candy, or chewing gum may help.


What should I monitor?

  • Follow up with healthcare provider.


Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

  • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Burning, blistering, or skin irritation.
  • Any rash.


How should I store this medicine?

  • Store in a tight container at room temperature.


General statements

  • 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.
  • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
  • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs, vitamins).


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