Metvixia

Generic Name: Methyl Aminolevulinate

  • What is Metvixia?

    Metvixia is a topical cream (applied directly on the skin) that is used with light treatment (photodynamic therapy) to treat actinic keratosis of the face and scalp.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Metvixia?

    Metvixia is for use on the skin only. Metvixia is not for use in your eyes or mouth. Tell your doctor immediately if this medicine gets in your eyes or mouth.

    Metvixia with light treatment is only done in medical offices by trained doctors.

    Metvixia can cause your skin to overreact to the sun or light. Do not expose your skin to sunlight or bright indoor light for 2 days after treatment with Metvixia. Wear a protective hat and clothing if you need to be outside in the sun.

    Do not expose yourself to cold temperatures. Wear warm clothing and keep your treated skin area(s) covered if you are in cold temperatures, or stay indoors between the application of Metvixia and light treatment.

  • Who should not take Metvixia?

    Your doctor will not apply Metvixia if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, including peanut and almond oil, porphyrin, or if your skin overreacts to sun or light.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Metvixia?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Metvixia. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, bleeding problems, skin cancer, other skin growths on your body, or other skin conditions.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will apply the cream to the affected area(s) and will leave it on for 3 hours. You will receive 2 treatment sessions of Metvixia that are 1 week apart.

  • How should I take Metvixia?

    Your doctor will apply Metvixia to the affected area(s) on your skin.

  • What should I avoid while taking Metvixia?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

    Do not expose your skin to sunlight or bright indoor light for 2 days after treatment with Metvixia.

    Do not expose yourself to cold temperatures during the 3 hours that Metvixia is on your skin.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Metvixia?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Metvixia at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Metvixia?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: bleeding, blistering, burning feeling, crusting, itching, pain, peeling, redness, stinging, swelling, ulcers

  • Can I receive Metvixia if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Metvixia during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Metvixia?

    Metvixia should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Metvixia?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.