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    Information about Psoralen

    Psoralen uses

    Psoralen is used in the treatment of vitiligo and psoriasis.

    How psoralen works

    Psoralen is used along with ultraviolet-A irradiation where it works by decreasing the number of cells the skin makes.

    Common side effects of psoralen

    Redness of skin, Blisters on skin, Edema (swelling), Itching

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    Expert advice for Psoralen

    • Always take psoralen tablets 2 hours before the UV radiation exposure along with food or milk.
    • Take a plain shower before your treatment to keep your skin clean and dry.
    • Do not use perfumes, aftershave, deodorants or other cosmetics and toiletries as they make your skin even more sensitive to the UV light causing blistering of your skin.
    • Never take psoralen more than the dose that has been prescribed as it may cause burning or blistering of your skin after exposure to UV light.
    • Avoid any other form of artificial UV treatment or relaxation e.g. solarium or sunbathing.
    • Men should take the required precautions to protect the genital area.
    • Always wear protective goggles while receiving your light dose in the cabinet.
    • UV400 standard eye protection glasses and protective skin covering must be worn for 24 hours from time of taking psoralen tablets.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
    • Should not be given to patients who are allergic to psoralen or any of its ingredients.
    • Should not be given to children under 14 years of age.

    Frequently asked questions for Psoralen


    Q. What is PUVA therapy?

    Psoralen and ultraviolet A radiation (PUVA therapy) is used to treat certain skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, polymorphic light eruption, and mycosis fungoides.

    Content on this page was last updated on 07 October, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)