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Metvixia Side Effects

Generic name: methyl aminolevulinate topical

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 23, 2023.

Note: This document contains side effect information about methyl aminolevulinate topical. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Metvixia.

Applies to methyl aminolevulinate topical: topical cream.


You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to porphyrins, peanuts or almonds, or if your skin is especially sensitive to light.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking methyl aminolevulinate topical (the active ingredient contained in Metvixia) hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to methyl aminolevulinate topical: topical cream.


Postmarketing reports: Eczema, allergic contact dermatitis, urticaria, . Most cases were localized to the treatment area, but rarely, erythema and swelling have been more extensive. Contact sensitization has been demonstrated in dermal safety studies.[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Eyelid edema (18%):

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Eye swelling, eye pain, eye irritation

Postmarketing reports: Eyelid swelling, macular edema, vitreous detachment, keratitis[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Skin burning/pain/discomfort (86%; 20% severe), erythema (63%; 6% severe), scabbing/crusting/blister/erosions (29%; 2% severe), pruritus (22%), skin or eyelid edema (18%; 2% severe), skin exfoliation (14%; 3% severe)

Common (1% to 10%): Skin warmth (4%), application site discharge (2%), skin hemorrhage (2%), skin tightness (2%), and skin hyperpigmentation (2%)[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Application site discharge, feeling hot

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Fatigue[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Paresthesia, headache

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dizziness[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Hypertension[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Burning sensation of the skin (50%), erythema (46%), skin pain (21%), stinging (19%), crusting (15%), skin edema (15%), pruritus/itching (13%), skin peeling (11%), blisters (11%), scab

Common (1% to 10%): Skin bleeding, skin ulceration, skin infection

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Skin hyperpigmentation, urticaria, rash, skin irritation, photosensitivity reaction, skin hypopigmentation, skin hyperpigmentation, heat rash, skin discomfort, wound hemorrhage

Postmarketing reports: Angioedema[Ref]


1. Cerner Multum, Inc. UK Summary of Product Characteristics.

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. Australian Product Information.

3. Product Information. Metvixia (methyl aminolevulinate topical). Galderma Laboratories Inc. 2008.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.