What is Dsorolen (Trioxsalen) used for?
Dsorolen (Trioxsalen) is in a class of drugs known as psoralens. This medication is used as part of a treatment known as psoralen plus ultraviolet light A, or PUVA. This treatment involves taking medication and controlled, supervised exposure to ultraviolet light. It is used to treat a condition known as vitiligo, a disease that causes the loss of skin color. Other conditions this drug is used to treat include psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions.
How should I use Dsorolen (Trioxsalen)?
The dosage for Dsorolen (Trioxsalen) varies, depending on the condition being treated. If it is being used as part of a medically supervised PUVA treatment, your physician will tell you the dose required. Adults treating vitiligo are sometimes directed to take 20mg to 40mg, 2 to 4 hours prior to undergoing PUVA treatment. Your physician may require you to undergo this treatment 2 to 3 times per week, however, the treatments are normally spaced at 48 hour intervals. Follow all instructions provided to you by your physician.
What are the side effects of Dsorolen (Trioxsalen)?
Some possible side effects of Dsorolen (Trioxsalen) include:
This medication may in some cases cause swelling of the legs. If you notice any side effects while using this medication, you should immediately inform your physician.
In some cases, use of this drug may increase the risk of skin cancer.
When undergoing treatment with this drug, premature aging of the skin may occur.
As this drug increases the skin's sensitivity to light, you should avoid excessive exposure to the sun or other sources of UV light.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Dsorolen (Trioxsalen). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.