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What is Methoxsalen used for?

Methoxsalen is used in combination with ultraviolet (UVA) light therapy to help control severe psoriasis. This medication is a photosensitizer that is also used to treat other skin condition such as vitiligo. It belongs to the group of medicines called psoralens. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Methoxsalen?

Like other medicines, Methoxsalen can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Methoxsalen are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Methoxsalen cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Methoxsalen develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Methoxsalen can cause side effects such as nausea, headache, dizziness, and sleep problems. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Methoxsalen.

What is the recommended dosage of Methoxsalen?

The dosage of Methoxsalen prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Methoxsalen can be taken with food or milk.

What if you miss a dose of Methoxsalen?

If you have missed a dose of Methoxsalen medication within 90 minutes to 2 hours before a UVA light treatment, then call your doctor immediately.

What if you overdose on Methoxsalen?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Methoxsalen, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Methoxsalen?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Methoxsalen.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Methoxsalen, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Methoxsalen can interact with antibiotics.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Methoxsalen?

Is it possible for me to take Methoxsalen with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Methoxsalen?
What are the possible drug interactions of Methoxsalen?
How will Methoxsalen work in my body?
How should Methoxsalen be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Methoxsalen drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Methoxsalen is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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