methoxsalen (oral) (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking methoxsalen (8-Mop, Oxsoralen-Ultra)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to methoxsalen, or if you have:
Before your UVA treatment: Do not expose your skin to sunlight for at least 24 hours before you take methoxsalen. Avoid applying sunscreen to areas of psoriasis that will be treated with UVA therapy.
You may need to have your eyes examined before you start taking methoxsalen.
To make sure you can safely take methoxsalen, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether methoxsalen will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether methoxsalen passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using methoxsalen.
How should I take methoxsalen (8-Mop, Oxsoralen-Ultra)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Taking too much methoxsalen can cause your skin to be overly sensitive to light, and severe sunburn may result.
Take this medication with low-fat food or milk if it upsets your stomach.
The methoxsalen soft gelatin capsule is more easily absorbed in the body than the hard gelatin capsule. For this reason, you may be sensitive to UVA treatment more quickly after taking the soft gelatin capsule.
Methoxsalen is usually taken 90 minutes to 2 hours before you are scheduled to receive UVA treatment. The timing of your medication may depend on whether you are taking the soft gelatin capsule or the hard gelatin capsule. You may need to keep taking methoxsalen once every other day after your UVA treatment.
Methoxsalen will make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result, which could interfere with your psoriasis treatment.
For at least 8 hours after you take methoxsalen:
For 24 to 48 hours after you receive UVA treatment:
You may develop cataracts if you do not properly protect your eyes after you are treated with methoxsalen and UVA treatment.
Follow your doctor's instructions about applying topical psoriasis medications or any moisturizing lotions after your methoxsalen and UVA treatment.
While taking methoxsalen, check your skin regularly for signs of skin cancer, such as a small growth or nodule, a scaly or crusted lesion, a brownish spot or speckles, or a change in the size, color, or feel of a mole. After receiving UVA treatments, you may need to check your skin for signs of cancer throughout the rest of your life.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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