Generic: aminolevulinic acid topical
A topical agent - It is a light sensitizing drug that is used in photodynamic therapy (PDT)
What is this medicine?AMINOLEVULINIC ACID (a MEE noe LEV ue LIN ik AS id) is a light sensitizing drug that is used in photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT is used to treat many types of skin conditions including actinic keratosis and certain types of skin cancer. PDT is a two- step process that requires application of a drug and then exposure to a certain type of light.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
How should I use this medicine?In the first step of photodynamic therapy (PDT), the medicine is applied by a trained health care professional to the affected areas of the skin. Fourteen to eighteen hours after application of the medicine, the treated area is exposed to a special blue light for about 17 minutes. The treatment may be repeated in 8 weeks.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?It is important not to miss a scheduled appointment. The timing of the application of the drug determines when the light treatment may be given. If you miss a scheduled appointment, contact your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible. If you are not exposed to the blue light, continue to avoid exposure to sunlight or prolonged bright light for at least 40 hours.