Levulan Kerastick

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    Brand Name:Levulan Kerastick
    Generic:Aminolevulinic Acid Hydrochloride
    Availability:Prescription
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
1999-12-03 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Guidelines, Incorporated
This drug is available in the following forms:
Topical Solution
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2003/20965slr003_levulan_lbl.pdf

About Levulan Kerastick

The Levulan Kerastick for Topical Solution plus blue light illumination using BLU-U Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Illuminator is a two-step (drug plus blue light) treatment used to treat pre-cancerous skin lesions of the face or scalp called actinic keratoses (AK).

Precautions for Levulan Kerastick

The treated lesions are sensitive to light therefore, people being treated will need to avoid sunlight and sources of bright light for at least 40 hours after Levulan is applied.

Side Effects of Levulan Kerastick

Blue light treatment may cause tingling, stinging, prickling, or burning feeling of the treated areas. These feelings should improve at the end of the blue light treatment and should end within 24 hours.

Following blue light treatment, the AKs and, to some degree, the surrounding skin, will redden. Swelling may also occur. These changes should reach a maximum the day after BLU-U treatment. However, these changes are temporary, should improve markedly by the end of the first week, and should be completely gone by 4 weeks after treatment. Other side effects at the treatment sites may include:

  • Scaling
  • Itching
  • Changes in skin color

Who Should Not Take Levulan Kerastick

You should not be treated with Levulan if you have:

  • Skin sensitivity to blue light
  • Porphyria (a disorder of the metabolism that can lead to sensitivity to light)
  • Allergies to chemicals called porphyrins
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