Generic: aminolevulinic acid topical
A topical agent - It is a light sensitizing drug that is used in photodynamic therapy (PDT)
What may interact with this medicine?This medicine will make you sensitive to the sun. This effect may be increased by other medicines that also cause sensitivity to the sun such as:
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non- prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?This medicine will cause your skin to be very sensitive light in the areas where it is applied. You must avoid exposing treated areas to sunlight and bright indoor lights (unshaded light bulbs at close range) during the treatment period. Use a wide- brimmed hat or other protective clothing. Sunscreen will NOT work to protect your skin. If you begin to experience stinging and/ or burning, decrease your exposure to light.
During the second step of therapy, you will be exposed to a blue light for about 17 minutes. This light will not heat the skin. You will receive goggles to protect your eyes. During exposure to the blue light you may experience stinging, burning, tingling, or prick- like feelings at the treated sites.
After treatment with the blue light, the treated areas and sometimes the surrounding skin will get red, swell, and may scale over. These effects should improve within 4 weeks of the treatment.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1- 800- FDA- 1088.