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PUVA Therapy (cont.)

PUVA Therapy Types

Two forms of the psoralen molecule are currently medically useful: 8-methoxypsoralen (8-MOP) and 5-methoxypsoralen. 8-MOP is the only psoralen available in the United States by prescription. 8-MOP can be given orally or applied topically. The use of topical of 8-MOP is uncommon because of the high likelihood of very severe sunburns using this technique. The oral dose of 8-MOP that is prescribed for each patient depends upon the individual's weight.

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