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Aminolevulinic acid

Generic name: aminolevulinic acid (oral) [a-MEE-noh-lev-yoo-lin-ik-AS-id]
The brand name: is Gleolan.
Dosage format: oral powder for reconstitution (30 mg/mL)
Drug class: Malignancy photosensitizers

What is Aminolevulinic acid?

Aminolevulinic acid can be administered prior to the procedure to eliminate the glioma (a kind of brain tumour or spinal cord tumour).The aminolevulinic acid you take can cause a specific substance to accumulate inside the tumor. This allows the tumour tissue to be more easily seen through a special scope, which is utilised in surgery to eliminate the tumour.Aminolevulinic acid can also be used to treat conditions that are not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of Aminolevulinic acid

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms or warning signs of an allergic response, like hives, trouble breathing, or swelling of your lips, face, or tongue,The carers of your child will be watching you closely to ensure that you don't have an allergic reaction. They will also be on hand to treat an allergic reaction in the event that it occurs.

A variety of side effects could occur for as long as 6 weeks after taking aminolevulinic acid. Call your doctor immediately if you suffer from:

  • A feeling of lightheadedness, as if you're about to pass out.
  • Skin swelling or redness; raised areas of red;
  • Skin eruption, itching, or blisters;
  • A seizure;
  • Chills
  • Difficulty in speaking or understanding what's being said to you.

Common side effects of aminolevulinic acids can include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;
  • Abnormal liver function tests for abnormal liver function (for as long as 6 weeks after the use of aminolevulinic acid for up to 6 weeks).

This isn't a complete list of all the side effects. Other effects may also be present. Contact your doctor for advice regarding medical adverse effects. You can report adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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For the first 48 hours following taking aminolevulinic acid, it should shield your skin from exposure to light, both sunlight and bright indoor lights.

Prior to use this drug

You should avoid using aminolevulinic acids if you are sensitive to aminolevulinic acid, porphyrins, or suffer from:

  • Porphyria (a genetic disorder of enzymes that can cause symptoms in the skin or the nervous system).

Speak to your doctor if you have ever suffered from kidney or liver disease.Inform your doctor if you are expecting.Do not feed your baby within 24 hours after taking aminolevulinic acid. If you use an infant pump during this time, take out the milk and don't give it to your child.

How to take Aminolevulinic acid?

Aminolevulinic acid is generally administered 3 hours prior to surgery. A doctor will make and distribute this medication.After 48 hours of taking aminolevulinic acid, you should protect your skin from the bright sunlight. Avoid exposure to the sun and bright indoor light. Wear protection clothes and a wide-brimmed cap when you're outside. If you experience stinging or burning sensations on the treated skin, limit the amount of light exposure.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Aminolevulinic acid can be used as a single dose and doesn't have a day-to-day dosing schedule.

What happens if I overdose?

In a medical facility, an overdose could be immediately treated.

What should be avoided?

Beware of exposure to bright indoor lights for 48 hours following the intake of aminolevulinic acid. Wear a hat and wear clothing that covers your skin.

Interaction with other drugs

Discuss with your doctor the other medications you take. Certain medications can also cause you to be more sensitive to light. They should be avoided for 24 hours prior to or following taking aminolevulinic acid. This includes:

  • John's wort;
  • An antifungal medicine;
  • An anti-inflammatory or sulfa medicine
  • A diuretic, or "water pill";
  • Topical medicine that contains aminolevulinic acid;
  • Antipsychotic medicines, also known as
  • An oral diabetes medicine.

This list is not exhaustive. Certain other drugs can interact with aminolevulinic acid, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. There are many possible interactions between drugs. are included here.