methoxsalen topical (Oxsoralen)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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GENERIC NAME: methoxsalen topical lotion

BRAND NAME: Oxsoralen

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

USES:

  • Methoxsalen lotion is a topical repigmenting agent for treating vitiligo (leucoderma). It is used in conjunction with controlled doses of ultraviolet A light (UVA, 320-400 nm) or sunlight.

SIDE EFFECTS:

Common side effects include:

PREPARATIONS: Lotion: 1%

DRUG INTERACTIONS:

PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING SAFETY:

  • Methoxsalen lotion has not been studied in pregnant women and it is not known whether methoxsalen can harm the fetus when used by a pregnant woman. It is not known whether methoxsalen is absorbed into the blood stream when it is applied to the skin. Methoxsalen lotion should be used in pregnant women only when clearly needed.
  • It is not known whether methoxsalen is excreted in human milk after it is applied to the skin.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2016

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