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Aminolevulinic Acid

In the US, Aminolevulinic Acid (aminolevulinic acid topical) is used to treat Diagnosis and Investigation.

US matches:

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Therapeutic Categories

Dermatological agent

Photosensitizing agent, used in photodynamic therapy (PDT)

Antineoplastic agent for topical and systemic use

Chemical Names

5-Amino-4-oxopentanoic acid

5-Aminolevulinic acid

Pentanoic acid, 5-amino-4-oxo-

Foreign Names

  • Acidum 5-aminolevulinicum (Latin)
  • 5-Aminolävulinsäure (German)
  • Acide 5-aminolévulinique (French)
  • Ácido 5-aminolevulínico (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • 5-ALA-PDT (IS)
  • 5-Aminlolavulinsäure (IS)
  • 5-Amino-4-oxopentansäure (IS)
  • 5-Aminolevulinic Acid (IS)
  • ALA (IS)
  • ALA-PDT (IS)
  • delta-Aminolevulinic Acid (IS)
  • Aminolevulinic Acid Hydrochloride (OS: USAN, JAN)
  • 5-Amino-4-oxopentansäure hydrochlorid (IS)
  • 5-Aminolevulinate hydrochloride (IS)
  • delta-Aminolevulinsäure hydrochlorid (IS)
  • EINECS 226-679-5 (IS)
  • NSC 18509 (IS)
  • Aminolevulinic acid methyl ester (IS)
  • Methyl 5-amino-4-oxopentanoat (IS)
  • Methyl-5-aminolevulinate (IS)
  • Methylaminolevulinat (IS)
  • Methyl Aminolevulinate Hydrochloride (OS: USAN)
  • Aminolevulinic acid methyl ester hydrochloride (IS)
  • Methyl-5-Aminolevulinate Hydrochloride (IS)
  • Methylaminolävulinat Hydrochlorid (IS)
  • Methyl-Aminolävulinsäure hydrochlorid (IS)
  • Methylaminolevulinate Hydrochloride (IS)
  • P-1202 (IS)

Brand Names

  • Alacare
    Galderma, Germany; Galderma, Poland; Spirig, Austria
  • Ameluz
    Biofrontera, Lithuania; Desitin, Denmark
  • Gliolan
    Laboratorio Kampar, Chile
  • 5-Aminolevulinezuur Regiomedica
    Regiomedica, Netherlands
  • Ala
    FDZJ, China
  • Alacare
    Galderma Nordic AB, Finland; Spirig, Switzerland
  • Ameluz
    Allergan, Spain; Biofrontera, Poland; Biofrontera Bioscience, Austria; Biofrontera Bioscience, Germany; Biofrontera Bioscience, Norway; Biofrontera Bioscience, Slovenia; Desitin, Sweden; Spirit Healthcare, United Kingdom; Widmer, Switzerland
  • Gliolan
    Gebro, Spain; medac, Belgium; medac, Czech Republic; medac, Germany; medac, Finland; medac, France; medac, United Kingdom; medac, Greece; medac, Lithuania; medac, Latvia; medac, Poland; medac, Slovakia
  • Levulan
    DUSA, United States
  • Oldex
    Mediderm, Chile
  • Metvix
    Galderma, Spain; Galderma, Greece; Galderma, Lithuania; Galderma, Poland; Galderma Italia, Italy; Galderma Laboratories, South Africa
  • Hexvix
    Ipsen, Portugal
  • Metvix
    Galderma, Argentina; Galderma, Austria; Galderma, Australia; Galderma, Belgium; Galderma, Canada; Galderma, Czech Republic; Galderma, Germany; Galderma, Ireland; Galderma, Iceland; Galderma, Netherlands; Galderma, Norway; Galderma, New Zealand; Galderma, Portugal; Galderma, Singapore; Galderma, Slovakia; Galderma Chile Laboratorios, Chile; Galderma Nordic, Denmark; Galderma Nordic, Sweden; Galderma Nordic AB, Finland; Galderma Spirig, Switzerland
  • Metvixia
    Galderma, France; Photocure, United States
  • Mexvixia
    Galderma, Mexico


ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
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USANUnited States Adopted Name

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