Methoxsalen Soft-Gelatin Capsules
Generic Name: Methoxsalen Soft-Gelatin Capsules (meth OX a len)
Brand Name: Oxsoralen-Ultra
- This medicine may cause very bad eye problems, age the skin, and raise the chance of skin cancer. You will be watched closely by your doctor.
- There is more than 1 brand of this medicine (methoxsalen soft-gelatin capsules). One brand cannot safely be used for the other. The doctor will tell you about any needed change.
Uses of Methoxsalen Soft-Gelatin Capsules:
- It is used to treat psoriasis.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Methoxsalen Soft-Gelatin Capsules?
- If you have an allergy to methoxsalen or any other part of this medicine.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have any of these health problems: Squamous cell cancer or if you do not have a lens in your eye (aphakia).
- If you have ever had melanoma.
- If light bothers your skin easily or you have a health problem that may lead to light bothering your skin. There are many health problems that can do this. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine (methoxsalen soft-gelatin capsules).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Methoxsalen Soft-Gelatin Capsules?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (methoxsalen soft-gelatin capsules). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- Have an eye exam as you have been told by your doctor.
- Do not sunbathe within 24 hours before taking this medicine and the light therapy. Talk with your doctor.
- You will need to wear special sunglasses during and for 24 hours after care. Protect lips with lipstick that has sunscreen. Talk with your doctor.
- Do not take this medicine (methoxsalen soft-gelatin capsules) for longer than you were told by your doctor.
- Sun or UV rays may age the skin and raise the chance of skin cancer.
- You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun. Keep protecting yourself from sunburn for as long as you were told by your doctor.
- Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs or products on your skin.
- If you are 65 or older, use this medicine with care. You could have more side effects.
- This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant.
- Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy while taking this medicine (methoxsalen soft-gelatin capsules).
- If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking this medicine, call your doctor right away.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Methoxsalen Soft-Gelatin Capsules) best taken?
Use this medicine (methoxsalen soft-gelatin capsules) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
- This medicine is used with light therapy.
- Take before being exposed to UV light as you were told by your doctor.
- Take this medicine with food or milk.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Very bad skin irritation.
- Change in color or size of a mole.
- Low mood (depression).
- A skin lump or growth.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Change in eyesight.
What are some other side effects of Methoxsalen Soft-Gelatin Capsules?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Skin irritation.
- Upset stomach.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Not able to sleep.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Methoxsalen Soft-Gelatin Capsules?
- Store at room temperature.
- Protect from light.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine (methoxsalen soft-gelatin capsules), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine (methoxsalen soft-gelatin capsules). It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine (methoxsalen soft-gelatin capsules).
Review Date: September 6, 2017
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