Levulan Kerastick

Drug List

Levulan Kerastick

Drug Name

Levulan Kerastick (Aminolevulinic Acid Hydrochloride)

Manufactured By

DUSA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Nationwide Prescription Connection (NPC) is an experienced advocacy service that helps connect patients to manufacturer provided free and discount programs. We can help the uninsured, under insured, those in the Medicare gap also known as the "doughnut hole", or even those needing help with expensive co-pays.  Our web site makes it easy for you to enter the medications you are taking, along with some basic patient information, and then finds the program that is right for you.


Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

Levulan Kerastick solution is a photosensitizing agent. It works by slowing the growth of skin cells in the areas exposed to blue light, which helps the skin to become less scaly and thick.

How To Use

Levulan Kerastick solution will be applied by a qualified health care provider. This is a two-part procedure. You will receive a blue light treatment the day after Levulan Kerastick solution is applied. Once Levulan Kerastick solution is applied, do not wash the treated lesions. Keep the lesions dry and avoid exposure of treated areas to sunlight and bright indoor light. You should return to your health care provider the next day to receive the blue light treatment. This is the second and final treatment step. Before receiving the blue light treatment, Levulan Kerastick solution will be rinsed off of your skin with tap water, and you will be given goggles to protect your eyes. The blue light will not heat your skin. During the blue light treatment, you will experience tingling, stinging, prickling, or burning of the treated area. These effects stop at the end of treatment, which lasts for about 17 minutes. After the blue light treatment, the treated area and surrounding skin will redden, and swelling or scaling may also occur. This is temporary and should completely resolve 4 weeks after this treatment. Do not directly cover the treated area(s) unless advised to do so by your health care provider. Excessive irritation may occur. If for any reason you cannot return to your health care provider within 14 to 18 hours after Levulan Kerastick solution is applied, call your health care provider. Continue to avoid bright light for at least 40 hours.

Side Effects

COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome: Burning; crusting; flushing; itching; loss of skin color; redness; scabbing; scaling; skin blisters; skin wasting; stinging; swelling; tenderness. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bleeding; oozing; pustules; signs of infection in the treated skin; ulceration.

Drug Interactions

Griseofulvin, phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine), sulfonylureas (eg, glyburide), sulfonamides (eg, sulfamethoxazole), tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline), or thiazide diuretics (eg, hydrochlorothiazide) because actions and side effects of Levulan Kerastick solution may be increased

In Case of Overdose

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Levulan Kerastick solution may be harmful if swallowed.

In Case of Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of Levulan Kerastick solution, contact your doctor right away.

Storage

Store Levulan Kerastick solution at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Brief excursions at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) are permitted. Keep Levulan Kerastick solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.