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Methoxsalen
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Methoxsalen Side Effects

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Serious Side Effects of Methoxsalen

  • UVA light entering the eyes may lead to cataracts as Methoxsalen binds to the eye lens. Wear sunglasses that wrap-around the eyes to prevent any UVA light from getting to your eyes.
  • If you experience swelling of the lower legs, blistering, peeling, or sore skin, contact your doctor immediately.
  • Methoxsalen use can increase our risk of getting skin cancer. Monitor yourself for sores that wont heal and new or changed (by look or feel) growths on your skin.

Common Side Effects of Methoxsalen

  • Avoid sunlight for at least eight hours following a Methoxsalen dose. Too much UVA light can cause sunburns on the newly sensitive skin. If you must be in the sun, wear sunscreen and clothing that will protect your skin from the sun.
  • Your skin may become slightly irritated (itchiness, reddening) after a Methoxsalen/UVA treatment.
  • Methoxsalen may cause dizziness, headaches, depression, nervousness, and insomnia. These side effects are less common.
  • Extended use of this medication may result in accelerated aging of the skin. This is not unlike what happens to frequent sunbathers.