- It is used to treat a precancerous skin problem called actinic keratosis.
- If you have an allergy to aminolevulinic acid or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to porphyrins.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you sunburn easily.
- If you have porphyria.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
- You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, bright indoor lights, and tanning beds after this drug is put on and for as long as you have been told by your doctor. Wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun. Sunscreens will not protect you.
- Do not use sunscreen or other drugs on affected part.
- Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs or products on your skin.
- This drug may cause harm if swallowed. If this drug is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
- People using this drug may get skin reactions where this drug is used or around the area. These reactions may include redness, scaling, or swelling. Most of the time, these reactions will go away by 4 weeks after using this drug. Talk with the doctor.
- Call your doctor right away if you have a skin reaction that bothers you or if the reaction makes it hard to keep putting this drug on. Call your doctor right away if you have a skin reaction that causes problems with daily living.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Change in color of skin where drug is used.
- Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
- This drug is used with light therapy.
- Your doctor will put on the skin.
- Avoid sunlight on treated area.
- You will need to go back to your doctor’s office the next day.
- Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings, make-up) unless told to do so by the doctor.
- If you cannot have the light therapy after this drug has been put on, talk with your doctor. Avoid bright light for as long as you have been told by your doctor.
- Call the doctor to find out what to do.
- This drug will be given to you in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.
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