Levulan Kerastick Side Effects
Generic name: aminolevulinic acid topical
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 23, 2022.
Note: This document contains side effect information about aminolevulinic acid topical. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Levulan Kerastick.
Applies to aminolevulinic acid topical: topical gel/jelly, topical solution.
Serious side effects of Levulan Kerastick
Along with its needed effects, aminolevulinic acid topical (the active ingredient contained in Levulan Kerastick) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking aminolevulinic acid topical:
- persistent non-healing sore
- pink growth
- reddish patch or irritated area
- shiny bump
- spots on your skin resembling a blister or pimple
- stinging, burning, pain, redness, swelling, scaling, crusting, lightening or darkening of the skin, itching, cracking, crusting, or dryness of the skin at the application site
- white, yellow or waxy scar-like area
- Bleeding during lesion preparation
- blistering or irritation of the skin
- flaking, pain, peeling, itching rash, breaking down of the skin
Incidence not known
- Difficulty seeing at night
- double vision
- increased sensitivity of the eyes to sunlight
- loss of memory
- problems with memory
- red, sore eyes
- seeing double
- swelling of the eyelids
Other side effects of Levulan Kerastick
Some side effects of aminolevulinic acid topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
- Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles,” stinging, or tingling feelings
- darkening or lightening of the treated skin
- skin sore
- small, red, raised, itchy bumps
- swelling of the skin
- open sore on the skin
- pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
- pus filled blister or pimple
- raw skin
- stuffy or runny nose
- tightness of the chest
- troubled breathing
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to aminolevulinic acid topical: topical gel, topical solution.
The most commonly reported side effects were scaling/crusting, hypo-/hyper-pigmentation, and itching.[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Scaling/Crusting (up to 71%), hypo-/hyper-pigmentation (up to 36%), erosion (up to 14%), itching (up to 25%), pruritus
Common (1% to 10%): Wheal/flare, skin disorders NOS, ulceration, bleeding/hemorrhage, vesiculation, pustules, dysesthesia, scabbing, excoriation, oozing, skin tightness
Common (1% to 10%): Pain, tenderness, ulceration
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Discharge, discoloration, ulcer, chills, feeling hot, pyrexia, wound secretion
Common (1% to 10%): Headache, paraesthesia, hyperalgesia[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Eyelid edema[Ref]
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Related treatment guides
1. "Product Information. Levulan Kerastick (aminolevulinic acid)." Berlex Laboratories (2001):
2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.