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Drug Information

What is Trioxsalen used for?

Trioxsalen is used for the treatment of vitiligo and psoriasis.

Trioxsalen may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Trioxsalen work?

Trioxsalen belongs to the class of drugs called psoralens. This drug works by stimulating melanin production in the presence of ultraviolet light. Thus, it helps in relieving the condition.

How to take Trioxsalen?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Trioxsalen as prescribed by your doctor.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Take Trioxsalen with or without food.

If you miss a dose of Trioxsalen, please take it once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

What are the drugs that interact with Trioxsalen?

Please consult your doctor for the possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Trioxsalen?

The following are the most common side effects of Trioxsalen:

  • Sore skin
  • Blistering and peeling of skin
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Itching
  • Nausea

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Swelling of the hands and feet
  • Trouble sleeping

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while taking Trioxsalen?

  • Seek doctor’s advice before taking any other drug or herbal products while taking Trioxsalen
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Trioxsalen causes dizziness or blurred vision.
  • Do not exceed the dose more than what is prescribed.
  • Avoid taking Trioxsalen during pregnancy and breastfeeding as the safe use of the drug is not yet established.

You are advised not to take Trioxsalen if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking Trioxsalen?

  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to Trioxsalen.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • Inform your doctor about the pre-existing heart, liver or kidney problems.
  • Notify your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions about Trioxsalen

  1. Is it safe to consume alcohol while taking Trioxsalen?
  2. No, it is not advised to consume alcohol while taking Trioxsalen as it may cause excessive drowsiness.

  3. Can I recommend Trioxsalen to a person with psoriasis symptoms?
  4. No, it is not advisable to recommend Trioxsalen to even a person with psoriasis symptoms, as the severity of the condition may not be the same for every individual. Do not recommend any drug without the doctor’s consent.    

  5. How is Trioxsalen stored?
  6. Trioxsalen is stored at room temperature between 20 and 25°C, away from sunlight, heat and moisture. Keep it away from children.

  7. Does Trioxsalen cause sunburns?
  8. Trioxsalen increases the sensitivity of the skin when exposed to sunlight. Therefore, it is advised to use protective clothing to prevent sunburns.  


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