Oxsoralen Side Effects
Generic Name: methoxsalen topical
Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug methoxsalen topical. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Oxsoralen.
It is possible that some side effects of Oxsoralen may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
For the Consumer
Applies to methoxsalen topical: topical lotion
As well as its needed effects, methoxsalen topical (the active ingredient contained in Oxsoralen) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.
If any of the following side effects occur while taking methoxsalen topical, check with your doctor immediately:
- Blistering and peeling of skin
- reddened, sore skin
- swelling, especially of the feet or lower legs
There is an increased risk of developing skin cancer after use of methoxsalen. You should check the treated areas of your body regularly and show your doctor any skin sores that do not heal, new skin growths, and skin growths that have changed in the way they look or feel.
Premature aging of the skin may occur as a result of prolonged methoxsalen therapy. This effect is permanent and is similar to the result of sunbathing for long periods of time.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to methoxsalen topical: topical lotion, topical solution
Systemic adverse reactions have not been reported with methoxsalen topical (the active ingredient contained in Oxsoralen) [Ref]
Dermatologic side effects have included mild to severe burns and blistering of the skin. The most common adverse reaction is severe burns of the treated area from overexposure to UVA, including sunlight.[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Oxsoralen Lotion (methoxsalen topical)." ICN Pharmaceuticals, Costa Mesa, CA.