Melanocyl (Methoxsalen USP)
What is Melanocyl (Methoxsalen USP) used for?
Melanocyl (Methoxsalen USP) is given to patients in combination with a special treatment program involving controlled, supervised exposure to UVA light. This treatment plan is used to treat skin conditions such as cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, vitiligo, severe psoriasis and other conditions. This drug works by increasing the skin's sensitivity to light, which can help to inhibit excessive growth of skin cells or to increase the amount of cells which produce pigments in the skin, known as melanocytes.
How should I use Melanocyl (Methoxsalen USP)?
Melanocyl (Methoxsalen USP) tablets are normally taken as part of a combined treatment which involves UVA light. Your physician will tell you the correct dosage required, and may also supervise your treatment. This drug is usually taken 2 to 4 hours prior to commencing UVA light treatment. You may take it with food, to decrease nausea. The amount of UVA treatment required varies for each patient, and will be decided by your physician. You may be directed to undergo this treatment 2 to 4 times per week, and less frequently as your condition improves. After treatment, you should avoid all exposure to sunlight for at least 48 hours.
What are the side effects of Melanocyl (Methoxsalen USP)?
Some side effects of Melanocyl (Methoxsalen USP) include:
Consult your physician immediately if you notice severe redness or irritation of the skin within 24 hours of treatment, blurred vision or worsening of psoriasis.
This drug is only used for treating skin conditions when other treatments have been unsuccessful.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Melanocyl (Methoxsalen USP). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.