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Methoxsalen topical Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to methoxsalen topical: topical lotion

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by methoxsalen topical. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking methoxsalen topical:

  • 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

General

Systemic adverse reactions have not been reported with methoxsalen topical.[Ref]

Dermatologic

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]

References

1. "Product Information. Oxsoralen Lotion (methoxsalen topical)." ICN Pharmaceuticals, Costa Mesa, CA.

Not all side effects for methoxsalen topical may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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