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Methoxsalen - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on Jun 17, 2011
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Information about Methoxsalen

Generic Name : Methoxsalen
Pronunciation : meth-ox-alen
Latest prescription information about Methoxsalen. 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 : Y56.9 | Therapeutic Classification : Miscellaneous Dermatologicals

Trade Names/Brand Names of Methoxsalen

India : 

International : 


Why is Methoxsalen Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a photosensitizer, prescribed for vitiligo in combination with controlled doses of ultraviolet A (UVA) or sunlight. It is also used for psoriasis, seborrhea. It works by making the skin more sensitive to UV light.


When should Methoxsalen not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with skin cancer, sensitivity to sunlight, and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Methoxsalen?

Oral- The recommended dose is 20 mg or up to 600 mcg/kg on alternate days, after 2 hours sunlight or UV light exposure for 15 minutes.
Topical: 1%-Solution/Ointment- Apply thin layer of this medication over the affected area then exposed to sunlight for 1 minute.

How should Methoxsalen be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with food.
It also comes as a solution or ointment to apply topically as directed by your physician.

What are the warnings and precautions for Methoxsalen?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of coal tar UV treatment, radiation, have taken arsenic compounds, any infection, blood vessel disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Avoid taking sunbathe and light therapy at least 24 hours before treatment with this medication.

If recommended dose or schedule is not maintained properly, patient may develop with serious burns.

Wear goggles during the treatment to protect your eyes.

It should not be used in children less than 12 years of old.

What are the side effects of Methoxsalen?

   Most Common : Low blood pressure.
   Local : Dryness, itching and redness of the skin.

What are the other precautions for Methoxsalen?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Methoxsalen?

Store it at controlled room temperature (15 to 30C).

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ahmad93, Jordan

hello my name is ahmad and i have vitiligo i want to get methoxsalen tab. 10mg to my country [jordan ] is this the right place to look for it ? and how can i get it ?

Frimp2g7, Ghana

i am 27years old boy and am in ghana and have been diagnose of vitiligo, i have being asked to buy psoralen tablet 10mg,60 count .please how fast can i get this medicine and from what paticular pharmacy.thank you.

LNN1975, Kenya

Does Melanocyl cause deafness? My 15 year old daughter has vitiligo in her ear and Melanocyl has been prescribed.

khaja.sakibuddin, India

Hi sir I am 28 years old I have vitilogo from last 18 years I have taken treatment form last 3 week I am using 1) methoxsalen tab for night 2) wysolone tab for ofter lunch 3) Halobetasol propionat ointment 0.05%w/w for morning 4) Halobetasol propionate lotion 0.05w/w for night .. What I can do or I Chang any treatment guide me please reply me sir

unnna, Nepal

i am using melanocyl for 6 years regularly now i am 22 years old....please let me know will it affect when i wish to be pregnant after my marriage????

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