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Generic: aminolevulinic acid topical
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It is a light sensitizing drug that is used in photodynamic therapy (PDT)
               



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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:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • blisters, redness, swelling of skin similar to severe sunburn

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor if they continue or are bothersome):

  • burning or stinging
  • crusting or scaling of lesions
  • sensitivity to the sun and other lights
  • swelling of lesions

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

               
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