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What is Psoralen for:

This medication is also called as PUVA, a natural product.

How does Psoralen work:

This product is prescribed for eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo and mycosis fungoides.

How should Psoralen be used:

It comes as a tablet to take orally and lotion to apply topically, with food. The recommended dose is 20 mg or up to 600 mcgkg 2-4 hour before measured periods of sunlight or UVA exposure twice weekly or on alternate days, with at least 48-hour intervals between doses.

Common side effects of Psoralen :

Nausea, sleeplessness, depression, nervousness, itching, redness, swelling, dizziness, headache, pimples, severe skin pain, pigmentation alteration of skin or nails and nail disorders.

What do I do if I miss a dose

Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

What precautions should I take when taking Psoralen :

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver impairment, photosensitivity, any allergy, during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Avoid exposure to sunlight and patient should wear sunglasses for 24 hours after administration. Cover male genital area during the treatment. Perform eye exam prior to therapy and at regular intervals thereafter, especially in those at increased risk of cataracts.

When do I need to seek medical help

If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Chest pain or pressure, a fast heartbeat, or passing out.

Can I take Psoralen with other medicines:

Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs and food. - Taking them together can cause bad side effects. - Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.

Are there any food restrictions

Avoid Alcohol

How do I store Psoralen :

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

Pregnancy Category

Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Therapeutic Classification

Psoriasis, Seborrhea & Ichthyosis Preparations

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