GENERIC NAME: TRIOXSALEN - ORAL (try-OCK-sull-in)
BRAND NAME(S): Trisoralen
WARNING: Because serious side effects could occur during treatment with trioxsalen (eye lens damage, other skin problems), patients must be carefully selected and be under close medical supervision.
USES: This medication is a photosensitizer used to increase skin tolerance to sunlight and enhance pigmentation. It darkens the skin and thickens skin layers. It is used with UV light therapy.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth as directed with food or milk to prevent stomach upset. It is usually taken 2 to 4 hours before exposure to UV light. Do not increase your dose or take this more often than prescribed.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, stomach upset, headache, skin tenderness, nervousness, swelling of the hands or feet, leg cramps, skin rash, skin burns or itching may occur. Notify your doctor if any of these effects is severe or continues. Use of this medication has been associated with increased risk of eye damage, skin aging and skin cancer. Discuss the risks and benefits of this therapy with your doctor. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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