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Melanocyl Ointment

Manufacturer :  Franco-Indian Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Medicine Composition :  Methoxsalen
Prescription vs OTC : Prescription by Doctor not required

About Melanocyl Ointment

Melanocyl Ointment is prescribed for the treatment of vitiligo, along with regulated quantities of ultra-violet light or even sunlight. The drug is known to be a psoralen, which is combined with light therapy to treat damaged skin.

This medicine is also prescribed as a repigmenting agent in vitiligo, and used in conjunction with controlled doses of UVA or sunlight.Apply lotion 1-2 hours before exposure to UVA light, no more than once weekly.

The drug should not be used if you are allergic to any component present in it. Individuals who have health problems like melanoma and sensitivity to sunlight should also avoid this treatment. Ask your doctor for more information about how the treatment works, before you decide to undergo it. Also provide him with a detailed medical history and a list of medicines that you are currently on.

The drug is generally applied under the guidance of a medical professional. It is generally applied on lesions that can be hidden from sunlight. Because this is a topical lotion, it does not result in side effects in most individuals. However, in some cases it can lead to some serious side effects like sore and reddened skin, blistering and swelling of the skin followed by peeling. If you do experience any skin discomfort, seek medical help immediately.

Melanocyl Ointment also increases the possibilities of developing cancer of the skin, thus details of its risks and benefits should be thoroughly considered with you medical professional before opting for such a treatment.

This medication is used in conjunction with specific ultraviolet treatment. Follow prescriber's directions exactly for oral medication which can be taken with food or milk to reduce nausea. Consult prescriber for specific dietary instructions. Avoid use of any other skin treatments unless approved by prescriber.

Control exposure to direct sunlight as per prescriber's instructions. If sunlight cannot be avoided, use sunblock (consult prescriber for specific SPF level), wear protective clothing and wraparound protective eyewear. Consult prescriber immediately if burning, blistering, or skin irritation occur.

    What are the uses of Melanocyl Ointment

    What are the contraindications of Melanocyl Ointment ?

    What are the side effects of Melanocyl Ointment ?

    • Redness Of Skin

    • Blisters On Skin

    • Edema (Swelling)

    • Itching

    • Pruritus

    • Hypopigmentation

    • Rash

    Key highlights of Melanocyl Ointment

    • Is It safe with alcohol?

      Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.

    • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

      This medicine should be avoided by pregnant women unless suggested by the doctor.

    • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

      Please consult your doctor before using this medicine if you are a breastfeeding mother.

    • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

      There is no data available. Please consult a doctor before consuming the drug.

    • Does this affect kidney function?

      There is no data available. Please consult a doctor before consuming the drug.

    • Does this affect liver function?

      There is no data available. Please consult a doctor before consuming the drug.

    What are the dosage instructions?

    • Are there any missed dose instructions?

      If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

    How does this medication work?

    This drug attaches to guanine as well as cytosine moieties of DNA causing a cross-linking of this DNA. In the process, the function and synthesis of DNA are inhibited.

      What are the interactions of Melanocyl Ointment ?

      Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

      • Interaction with Medicine

        Increased toxicity: Concomitant therapy with other photosensitizing agents such as anthralin, coal tar, griseofulvin, phenothiazines, nalidixic acid, sulfanilamides, tetracyclines, thiazides.
      • Interaction with Food

        It is suggested to take this medication with milk. It is also recommended to avoid food items like lime, parsley and carrot during the course of medication.
      • Interaction with Disease

        Family history of sunlight allergy or chronic infections; lotion should only be applied under direct supervision of a physician and should not be dispensed to the patient; for use only if inadequate response to other forms of therapy, serious burns may occur from UVA or sunlight even through glass if dose and or exposure schedule is not maintained; some products may contain tartrazine; use caution in patients with hepatic or cardiac disease.

      FAQs about Melanocyl Ointment

      • Ques : What is Melanocyl Ointment?

        Ans : Melanocyl ointment is a medication which has Methoxsalen Topical as an active ingredient present in it. This medicine performs its action by treating leucoderma and photopheresis.

      • Ques : What are the uses of Melanocyl Ointment?

        Ans : Melanocyl ointment is used for the treatment and prevention from conditions and symptoms of skin problems related to mycosis fungicides and vitiligo.

      • Ques : What are the Side Effects of Melanocyl Ointment?

        Ans : Skin blistering, local pigmentation, erythema, skin redness and itching are common side effects.

      • Ques : What are the instructions for storage and disposal Melanocyl Ointment?

        Ans : Melanocyl should be stored at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Keep it away from the reach of children and pets.

      • Ques : Should I use Melanocyl Ointment empty stomach, before food or after food?

        Ans : This medication is commonly used by applying it to the affected area. As this medication is for external use, the action of salts involved in this medication does not depend on whether taking it pre-meal or post-meal.

      • Ques : How long do I need to use Melanocyl Ointment before I see improvement of my conditions?

        Ans : Generally, the time period to use this medication is around 3 days to 3 months to make an improvement in the condition.

      • Ques : Is there any food or drink I need to avoid?

        Ans : You can follow your normal diet under the usage of this medication. Avoidance of any specific food product is not required.

      • Ques : Will Melanocyl Ointment be more effective if taken in more than the recommended dose?

        Ans : Do not apply this medication more than its recommended usage, as then the body will absorb the medication more than the sufficient amount.

      Disclaimer : The information produced here is best of our knowledge and experience and we have tried our best to make it as accurate and up-to-date as possible, but we would like to request that it should not be treated as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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