Aminolevulinic acid topical Side Effects

Not all side effects for aminolevulinic acid topical may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to aminolevulinic acid topical: topical kit, topical solution, topical stick

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by aminolevulinic acid topical. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking aminolevulinic acid topical:

Less common
  • Bleeding

Some of the side effects that can occur with aminolevulinic acid topical may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common
  • Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles,” stinging, or tingling feelings
  • darkening of treated skin
  • lightening of treated skin
  • scaling or crusting
  • skin sore
  • small red raised itchy bumps
  • swelling of skin
Less common
  • Blister
  • oozing
  • open sore on skin
  • pain
  • pus filled blister or pimple
  • raw skin
  • scabbing
  • tenderness.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to aminolevulinic acid topical: topical solution

Dermatologic

Very common (10% or more): Scaling/Crusting, hypo-/hyper-pigmentation, erosion, itching
Common (1% to 10%): Wheal/flare, skin disorders NOS, ulceration, bleeding/hemorrhage, vesiculation, pustules, dysesthesia, scabbing, excoriation, oozing, pain, tenderness, edema

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