Aminolevulinic Acid (On the skin)
Photosensitizing Agent (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Aminolevulinic acid application followed by exposure to a certain type of light (blue light using the BLU–U Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Illuminator) treats the skin condition called actinic keratoses.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
You will receive this medicine in a clinic or doctor’s office.
A nurse or other caregiver will apply the medicine. The next day, or several hours later, you will be treated with a blue light.
After treatment with this medicine, stay out of the sun or bright light as much as possible. Wear protective clothing when you go outside.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medicines can make you more sensitive to sunlight if taken with aminolevulinic acid. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:Antibiotics such as doxycycline, minocycline, tetracycline, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole Diuretics (water pills), such as hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) Griseofulvin Phenothiazine medicine, such as promethazine, chlorpromazine Sulfa drugs
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to aminolevulinic acid or porphyrins, or if you have porphyria or skin that is sensitive to sun.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
You may feel stinging, tingling, prickling, or burning of the lesions during the blue light treatment, but this should go away after the treatment.
Redness, scaling, and swelling may occur but should clear up after 4 weeks of treatment.
This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Wear sunscreen. Do not use sunlamps or tanning beds.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Changes in color of treated skin
Stinging, burning, tingling, or itching skin
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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