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Aminolevulinic acid - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Aminolevulinic acid

Generic Name : Aminolevulinic acid
Pronunciation : a MEE no le vue lih nick
Latest prescription information about Aminolevulinic acid. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y57.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Photosensitizer
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Aminolevulinic acid

International- Levulan, Kerastick.
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Why is Aminolevulinic acid Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a photosensitizing agent, prescribed for actinic keratoses of the face or scalp. It is used along with a special light (blue light) by the way it slows the growth of skin cells.

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When should Aminolevulinic acid not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with cutaneous photosensitivity, porphyria, and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Aminolevulinic acid?

Topical- As 20% Solution- One application of the topical solution and one dose of illumination per treatment site per 8-week treatment session.

How should Aminolevulinic acid be taken?

It comes as a special applicator to be made into a solution and applied to the affected skin area by a doctor.

What are the warnings and precautions for Aminolevulinic acid?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with sensitivity to light, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

What are the side effects of Aminolevulinic acid?

   Local : Stinging and/or burning, itching, redness and swelling.

What are the other precautions for Aminolevulinic acid?

Avoid contact with eyes.

What are the storage conditions for Aminolevulinic acid?

Store it at room temperature (20°- 25°C).




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