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8-MOP Dosage

Generic name: Methoxsalen 10mg
Dosage form: capsule, gelatin coated

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A. VITILIGO THERAPY

DRUG DOSAGE

Two capsules (10 mg each) in one dose taken with milk or in food two to four hours before ultraviolet light exposure.

LIGHT EXPOSURE

The exposure time to sunlight should comply with the following guide:

Basic Skin Color
Light Medium Dark

Initial Exposure

15 min.

20 min.

25 min.

Second Exposure

20 min.

25 min.

30 min.

Third Exposure

25 min.

30 min.

35 min.

Fourth Exposure

30 min.

35 min.

40 min.

Subsequent Exposure

Gradually increase exposure based on erythema and tenderness of the amelanotic skin.

Therapy should be on alternate days and never two consecutive days.

B. PSORIASIS THERAPY

DRUG DOSAGE - INITIAL THERAPY

The methoxsalen capsules should be taken 2 hours before UVA exposure with some food or milk according to the following table:

Patient's Weight Dose
(kg) (lbs) (mg)

<30

<66

10

30-50

66-110

20

51-65

112-143

30

66-80

146-176

40

81-90

179-198

50

91-115

201-254

60

>115

>254

70

Additional drug dosage directions are as follows:

a. Weight Change: In the event that the weight of a patient changes during treatment such that he/she falls into an adjacent weight range/dose category, no change in the dose of methoxsalen is usually required. If, in the physician's opinion, however, a weight change is sufficiently great to modify the drug dose, then an adjustment in the time of exposure to UVA should be made.

b. Dose/Week: The number of doses per week of methoxsalen capsules will be determined by the patient's schedule of UVA exposures. In no case should treatments be given more often than once every other day because the full extent of phototoxic reactions may not be evident until 48 hours after each exposure.

c. Dosage Increase: Dosage may be increased by 10 mg. after the fifteenth treatment under the conditions outlined in section XI.B.4.b.

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