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Active ingredient: Methoxsalen - Brands, Medical Use, Clinical Data

Brands, Medical Use, Clinical Data

Drug Category

  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Pigmenting Agents

Dosage Forms

  • Liquid

Brands / Synonyms

8-MOP; Ammodin; Ammoidin; Meladinin; Meladinine; Meladoxen; Meloxine; Methoxa-Dome; Methoxalen; Methoxaten; New-Meladinin; Oxoralen; Oxsoralen; Oxsoralen Lotion; Oxsoralen-Ultra; Oxypsoralen; Proralone-Mop; Psoralen-Mop; Puvalen; Puvamet; Ultra Mop; Ultramop Lotion; Uvadex; Xanthotoxin; Xanthotoxine; Xanthoxin; Zanthotoxin


For the treatment of psoriasis and vitiligo


Methoxsalen selectively inhibits the synthesis of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The guanine and cytosine content correlates with the degree of Methoxsalen-induced cross-linking. At high concentrations of the drug, cellular RNA and protein synthesis are also suppressed.

Mechanism of Action

After activation it binds preferentially to the guanine and cytosine moieties of DNA, leading to cross-linking of DNA, thus inhibiting DNA synthesis and function.


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Biotrnasformation / Drug Metabolism

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UVADEXÒ (methoxsalen) Sterile Solution is contraindicated in patients exhibiting idiosyncratic reactions to psoralen compounds. Patients possessing a specific history of a light sensitive disease state should not initiate methoxsalen therapy. Diseases associated with photosensitivity include lupus erythematosus, porphyria cutanea tarda, erythropoietic protoporphyria, variegate porphyria, xeroderma pigmentosum and albinism.

UVADEXÒ Sterile Solution is contraindicated in patients with aphakia, because of the significantly increased risk of retinal damage due to the absence of lenses.


Drug Interactions

Concomitant Therapy

Special care should be exercised in treating patients who are receiving concomitant therapy (either topically or systemically) with known photosensitizing agents such as anthralin, coal tar or coal tar derivatives, griseofulvin, phenothiazines, nalidixic acid, halogenated salicylanilides (bacteriostatic soaps), sulfonamides, tetracyclines, thiazides, and certain organic staining dyes such as methylene blue, toluidine blue, rose bengal and methyl orange.

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