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Aminolevulinic Acid oral solution

What is this medicine?

AMINOLEVULINIC ACID (a MEE noe LEV ue LIN ik AS id) is a light sensitizing drug used during brain surgery to help see malignant tumors.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • changes in vision

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin

  • seizures

  • trouble speaking

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • fever

  • headache

  • nausea, vomiting

  • sensitivity to light

What may interact with this medicine?

This medicine may interact with the following medications:

  • certain diuretics, like chlorothiazide, hydrochlorothiazide, indapamide, metolazone

  • certain medicines for diabetes, like glipizide or glyburide

  • certain medicines for infection like griseofulvin, sulfonamides, fluoroquinolones, or tetracyclines

  • certain medicines for seizures like phenytoin

  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine

  • St. John's Wort

  • vitamin A and vitamin A-like medicines and creams

  • vitamin E

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • porphyria

  • skin conditions or sensitivity

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to aminolevulinic acid, porphyrins, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sunlamps or tanning beds/booths.

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