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Overview

Octamop Topical Solution

Octamop Topical Solution

Manufacturer: Palsons Derma
Medicine composition: Methoxsalen
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Octamop Topical Solution 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 combines with light therapy to treat damaged skin.

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.

Octamop Topical Solution 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.

Vitiligo
Psoriasis
In addition to its intended effect, Octamop Topical Solution may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Redness of skin
Blisters on skin
Edema
Itching
Is It safe with alcohol?
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
Melacyl 10mg tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Does this affect kidney function?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Does this affect liver function?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Octamop Topical Solution, and hence can be used as its substitute.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you're at risk of a drug interaction.

Popular Questions & Answers

My weight is 90 kg which is 20 kg more than what it should be. Will you please figure out the things that I should implement in order to reduce my weight along with the diet chart that should be followed during the process.

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
My weight is 90 kg which is 20 kg more than what it should be. Will you please figure out the things that I should im...
Hi, include high fibre foods like whole grains, legumes and pulses, vegetables, fruits and skimmed milk, lean meat, skin out chicken, fish, salads, beverages like green tea, lemon tea, buttermilk. Avoid refined carbohydrates, oily and fried foods, butter, ghee, red meat, junk food, carbonated beverages. Its better to have small and frequent meals if want to burn calories and this type of diet regime keeps you fit. It generally includes a 6 meal pattern where you will have breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, evening snack, Dinner and bed time snack. The break fast will be typical north indian type as you wish, go for a fruit around 11 in the name of mid morning snack, lunch again can be of your choice, evening snack can be a oats porridge or sprouts and dinner again is of your choice but for weight management its better to replace major amount of carbohydrate with protein. Bed time snack can be milk or butter milk. Mid morning and evening snacks are interchangeable and you should mind your portions of each meal with healthy options. Stay hydrated all the time and take stairs instead of lift. Give a gap of 2 hours between dinner and sleep and start walking, brisk walk if possible 2 km a day initially and increase 1 km every week. Use honey and lemon in the morning which boosts your immunity and metabolism. In a healthy way you can reduce 2 kg per month and more than that may lead to muscle loss too. By incorporating the correct schedule you can see the difference in no time.

My weight is more than actual weight to my age. I have to reduce 23 kgs now. I want to keep track of my food calories .i want to know what I want to have in breakfast, lunch, dinner.

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
My weight is more than actual weight to my age. I have to reduce 23 kgs now. I want to keep track of my food calories...
Hi, Its better to have small and frequent meals if want to burn calories and this type of diet regime keeps you fit. It generally includes a 6 meal pattern where you will have breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, evening snack, Dinner and bed time snack. The break fast will be typical south indian type as you wish, go for a fruit around 11 in the name of mid morning snack, lunch again can be of your choice, evening snack can be a oats porridge or sprouts and dinner again is of your choice but for weight management its better to replace major amount of carbohydrate with protein. Bed time snack can be milk or butter milk. Mid morning and evening snacks are interchangeable and you should mind your portions of each meal with healthy options. Include high fibre foods like whole grains, legumes and pulses, vegetables, fruits and skimmed milk, lean meat, skin out chicken, fish, salads, beverages like green tea, lemon tea, buttermilk. Avoid refined carbohydrates, oily and fried foods, butter, ghee, red meat, junk food, carbonated beverages. Stay hydrated all the time and take stairs instead of lift. Give a gap of 2 hours between dinner and sleep and start walking, brisk walk if possible 2 km a day initially and increase 1 km every week. Use honey and lemon in the morning which boosts your immunity and metabolism. In a healthy way you can reduce 2 kg per month and more than that may lead to muscle loss too. By incorporating the correct schedule you can see the difference in no time.
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Wht is the cure for medial shin splint? I get acute pain in my muscles while training for cricket because of which im not able to give my 100%

MD PHYSICIAN
General Physician, Delhi
Wht is the cure for medial shin splint?
I get acute pain in my muscles while training for cricket because of which im...
Shin splints typically develop after vigrous physical activity. They are often associated with running. Simple measures can relieve the pain of shin splints. Rest, ice, and stretching often help. 1) Rest. Because shin splints are typically caused by overuse, standard treatment includes several weeks of rest from the activity that caused the pain. Lower impact types of aerobic activity can be substituted during your recovery, such as swimming, using a stationary bike, or an elliptical trainer. 2) Ice. Use cold packs for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day. Do not apply ice directly to the skin. 3) Compression. Wearing an elastic compression bandage may prevent additional swelling. 4) Supportive shoes. Wearing shoes with good cushioning during daily activities will help reduce stress in your shins. 5) Flexibility exercises. Stretching your lower leg muscles may make your shins feel better. Very few people need surgery for shin splints. Surgery has been done in very severe cases that do not respond to nonsurgical treatment.
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My hairs are falling and I am becoming bald on my front head. Please suggest me any effective way to regrow hairs.

MD PHYSICIAN
General Physician, Delhi
My hairs are falling and I am becoming bald on my front head. Please suggest me any effective way to regrow hairs.
If you got a patch deficit of hair you can consult a dermatologist as he/she may prescribe you topical minoxidil along with finasteride (for males only) to regrow your hair. Hair fall can be due to weather change Avoid washing your hairs daily as it can cause your hair to become dry which leads to excessive hairfall. Washing twice a week is fine. You can use SHAMPOO SELSUN twice weekly. Apply it on scalp leave it for 15 min and wash it off. Keep your scalp clean, avoid them from pollution. You can try these: 1) Boil the dried Indian gooseberries in coconut oil till the oil turns black. Wait for it to cool, and then massage your scalp with this oil. Leave it on for about 20 minutes, and then shampoo as usual. 2) A balanced diet goes a long way in maintaining the overall health, including hair health. To combat hair fall, it is important to incorporate a balanced diet. 3) avoid stress 4) exercise regularly 5) stay hydrated 6) keep your scalp clean. Usually 100 hairs falling in a day is considered to be normal .Hairfall is the most common problem people are suffering from. Hair fall can be due to various reasons like dandruff, thyroid dysfunction, anemia, stress, nutritional deficiency, your skin is also affected because of the same reason listed above. So get yourself investigated to rule out any underlying pathology.
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All of a sudden in last two month dark black patches have started appearing on my face. Few said that it could be becoz of pigmentation. Really worried.

MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
All of a sudden in last two month dark black patches have started appearing on my face. Few said that it could be bec...
Hi lybrate-user, First, the doctor has to check whether pigmentation is epidermal or dermal. Only epidermal pigmentation responds to treatment. First-line therapy includes prescription creams to lighten the skin. These contain a combination of hydroquinone, tretinoin, and a class V to VII topical corticosteroid but this usually takes a long time. Chemical peeling with glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid is an option for patients with severe melasma unresponsive to topical bleaching agents. There are some simple and effective home remedies that one can try. 1. Lemon Juice: Lemon acts as a natural bleaching agent. Mix equal quantities of lemon juice and water and apply it on the spots. Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse. 2. Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is a powerful astringent and can be directly applied to acne spots. 3. Potato: Potato is a common skin lightening and bleaching agent. Apply thin slices of potato to the skin and leave on for 20-30 minutes so that the juice is absorbed by the skin. 4. Turmeric and Milk: Apply the mixture of turmeric and milk on the affected area and leave it for 10 minutes before washing. Both milk and turmeric have bleaching properties and regular use makes the skin flawless. Apart from these remedies, have a regular skin care routine. Keep the skin hydrated, moisturised and well nourished. Apply sunscreen before going out in sun, whether you are 16 or 60, to prevent the sun?s rays from damaging and aging your skin. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

Popular Health Tips

What to Do When Nothing Relieves a Sore Penis?

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
What to Do When Nothing Relieves a Sore Penis?

Most men - if not all men - will experience a sore penis at some point in their lifetime. There are so many causes for a sore penis that it's impossible to list them all, but some of the most common issues include overuse, too much friction, chafing from exercise and skin allergies. In most cases, a few days of good penis care takes care of the problem and a guy feels just fine. But for some men, all their good penis care measures seem to be for naught. That's because they suffer from male dysesthesia, a painful condition that leads to a perpetually sore penis.

What is male dysesthesia?

As with so many other words that are tough to pronounce, this one comes from a combination of terms. In Greek, "dys" means "abnormal" and "aesthesis" means "sensation." So, technically, male dysesthesia is an abnormal sensation in the penis and surrounding area. This abnormal sensation usually presents as pain or soreness.

A man who suffers from this might feel a variety of painful issues, including the aforementioned soreness, tingling, burning, hypersensitivity or other discomforts. The problem can be much worse when a man does simple everyday things, like wearing underwear, moving in a certain way or allowing his penis to brush up against something. Simply sitting down can be painful for some men; for those with severe pain, normal intimate relations are out of the question.

What causes it?

Unfortunately, there is no clear reason why this happens to some men. There has been some connection found between this type of penis pain and a skin condition known as acne rosacea, which can cause red flushing of the skin of the face. Other causes might include overactive nerves in the penis, long-term use of steroid creams, nerve disorders, and some medical conditions that can lead to nerve damage in the penis, such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis.

There are a few things that men seem to have in common as they develop this problem: They tend to be in their 60s or older, Caucasian, and might have other troubles with their skin, such as broken blood vessels or areas of tenderness. However, increasingly more men of other races and younger ages have been developing the condition.

What can a man do about the penis pain?

There are several ways a man can fight against the penis pain that comes from male dysesthesia. The first line of defense usually includes prescription medications, including antibiotics and some medications that treat neuropathic issues. Men are also asked to eliminate things that might make the pain worse; for instance, to change detergents and cleansers to those with more natural ingredients, avoid wearing clothing when possible at home, and practicing top-notch hygiene and penis care.

Men can also try treatments that ease the penis soreness and pain, such as using cool compresses to ease the burning sensation, standing under running water, and using a good moisturizer to keep the skin as smooth and supple as it can be.

Many men find that using a good penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can alleviate some of the discomfort. Though a penis health crème can't cure the sore penis caused by male dysesthesia, it can definitely help in terms of keeping skin smooth and providing the best nutrients for better health. These include Shea butter and vitamin E for hydration, alpha lipoic acid to fight free radicals, vitamin C and D for overall penis health and L-carnitine, which is known for easing peripheral nerve damage. All these ingredients and others, wrapped up in a soothing topical crème, can help ensure a man's penis stays as healthy as possible.

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ED Treatment Alternatives - Men Use This Remedy To Improve Their Sex Life

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
ED Treatment Alternatives - Men Use This Remedy To Improve Their Sex Life


It seems hard to believe that a sexual topic such as ED is one that is "too embarrassing" when we all seem to talk about nothing but sex or spend time watching it on the net.

But the reality is that we love talking about the good side of sex. Nobody wants to admit that their manhood is not performing at peak level.

There are many ED treatment alternatives. Many men these days are opting for more natural solutions as they are realizing the impact ED has on their relationships. Men are discovering that they are enjoying intimate moments with their significant other sooner than they imagined. There are several erectile dysfunction treatment options to consider and each will be discussed in this article. Selecting the right treatment is often depending on the actual cause of ED.

Erectile dysfunction or ED is also often referred to as impotence. When men experience erection difficulties, they are unable to get or maintain an erection. Although erectile dysfunction is a very embarrassing issue, you do not need to think that ED is a natural part of aging. ED is affecting millions of men every year, over 30 million in America alone. Some men will turn to buying Viagra online when experiencing weak erections in their sexual relationships. However medications can create further stress and anxiety as their side effects are common.

One of the most common causes of ED is hardening of the arteries. Plaque build-up can reduce blood flow in the manhood, making an erection difficult. For some men, erectile dysfunction may also have a psychological cause. This does not mean you will need some lengthy sessions on the couch. Also, despite an old wive's tale, there is no link between ED and excessive masturbation. However, men who turn to high frequency porn, potentially can experience psychological effects.

What about doing nothing about your ED symptoms hoping matters will improve? Truth is, this will only make things worse. To get you started, here are some lifestyle tips recommended to help you when your penis doesn't work.

Quit smoking 
• Reduce alcohol consumption 
• Lose weight if necessary 
• Exercise 3-4 times a week 
• Reduce stress and anxiety levels 
• Consider a Mediterranean diet

Sounds obvious doesn't it? But these steps above are not just a quick fix, they can enhance blood flow. This should give your manhood a boost and can reduce the severity of your ED in the process.

If you lack motivation sticking to these goals, your spouse or partner could offer some additional support. Couples who work together to improve their sex life appear to have more success and can create a closer bond.

Surgery is another way to improve blood flow to the penis to help a man with erection issues but can be a very costly option not to mention the risky side effects that can sometimes occur.

There are many reasonable non surgical ED treatment options to consider, including penile pumps, oral and topical medications and natural ED treatment alternatives. ED drugs used to achieve and maintain erections can also lead to dependency issues as well as their side effects.

Also called vacuum devices are placed over the penis to draw blood into the manhood. Once the vacuum can produce an erection, band is often used and placed around the base of the penis to maintain the erection.

ED Treatments Alternative Treatments 
Research shows that men with ED can cure ed fast and naturally without medication. Ginseng, such as "red ginseng," is talked about as the "herbal Viagra" for good reason. This can help men's bedroom woes. Red ginseng means the root of the herb has been steamed and dried. This is available in supplement form and is a very popular and effective remedy for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. This natural ED treatment could potentially help to prevent and fix ED, but it's always best to check with your doctor first to see if it safe for you.

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Causes And Treatment Of Skin Tags!

MD - Skin,VD & Lepxsy
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Causes And Treatment Of Skin Tags!

Skin tags, also known as acrochordons, are small brown or darker-than-skin tone growths on the surface of the skin. Tags are very common and harmless growths and tend to occur on the neck, under the breasts, armpits, eyelids and folds of the groin. They generally take place after midlife. About 25% of people report having skin tags after they cross the age of 50.

What causes skin tags to occur?

Skin tags are very common among diabetics and obese individuals. Pregnant women also develop skin tags, as a consequence of changes in the body's hormonal levels. Skin tags tend to occur when your skin rubs against clothing or skin. They are normally caused by blood vessels and collagen that gets trapped inside the thicker portions of the skin. For this reason, they are typically found in folds and creases of the skin. Sometimes, they reduce on their own if blood supply to the tissue has been disrupted due to them getting twisted.

What procedures are involved in their treatment?

Skin tags are generally removed for purely cosmetic reasons but when they do become troublesome, as in, they rub against jewelry, skin or clothing, doctors recommend their removal as the area can end up becoming irritated.

The following procedures are performed to remove these annoying growths on skin:

1. Excision - In this procedure the skin tag gets removed using a scalpel.

2. Ligation - The procedure involves the cutting off of blood supply to the skin tag.

3. Cauterization - The procedure involves the burning off the skin tag using electrolysis (process that involves decomposition of a matter by electric current)

4. Cryosurgery - In this procedure, the skin tag is frozen before removing it. An instrument containing liquid nitrogen is used to do the removal.

Eczema - 5 Ways It Can Be Treated!

MBBS, MD Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Bangalore
Eczema - 5 Ways It Can Be Treated!

Eczema is a skin condition which is characterized by rough, cracked, red, itchy and inflamed skin. Sometimes it can also cause blisters. Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis. It is a severe condition which starts during infancy and can go on throughout childhood. While some people may outgrow this condition, the rest might have it till adulthood.

Causes of Eczema:
1. Irritants- Certain irritants found in vegetables, meats, juices extracted from fresh fruits, disinfectants, shampoos, detergents and soaps can cause eczema.
2. Allergens- Dandruff, mold, pollens, pets and dust mites can also contribute to Eczema.
3. Microbes- Certain bacteria such as Staphylococcus Aureus, fungi and viruses can also cause eczema
4. Food products- Many people are allergic to food products such as wheat, soy products, seeds, nuts, eggs and dairy products. This might contribute to Eczema.
5. Stress- This doesn’t cause eczema but can aggravate the symptoms of it.
6. Hormones- Women usually experience worsening of Eczema during certain stages of their menstrual cycle or during pregnancy.

Symptoms of eczema in infants and children:
1. Rashes appearing on the cheeks and scalp
2. Rashes which bubble up before fluid discharge
3. Rashes which cause itchiness and lead to disturbed sleeping; continuous scratching and rubbing can result in skin infections
4. Rashes which can appear behind the creases of the knees and the elbows; these rashes are also common on the legs, creases of the buttocks, ankles, wrists and neck.

Symptoms of Eczema in adults:
1. Rashes on the nape of the neck
2. Rashes on the eyes, face and neck
3. Rashes that can cause extremely dry skin
4. Extreme discomfort caused due to itching
5. Scaly skin caused due to rashes
6. Rashes which can result in skin infections
7. Lichenification, a condition wherein the rashes thicken and develop knots, is also a possibility.

How is Eczema treated?
1. Topical ointments and corticosteroid creams- These are anti-inflammatory medications which relieve symptoms of eczema such as itchiness and skin inflammation.
2. Antibiotics- These are usually prescribed if there is any underlying bacterial skin infection.
3. Antihistamines- These mainly reduce scratching at night. In some cases, it can also cause drowsiness.
4. Topical calcineurin inhibitors- This is a drug that suppresses activities of the immune system. It helps to prevent flare-ups and decrease inflammation.
5. Barrier repair moisturizers- These types of moisturizers repair the skin and reduce water loss from the skin.

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Warts vs. Moles - All You Need To Know!

Dermatologist
Dermatologist, Delhi
Warts vs. Moles - All You Need To Know!

Everyone wants to have a bright and radiating skin. But blemishes and skin abnormalities are common and can occur due to lifestyle, diet or hormonal imbalances. Moles and warts are typical skin issues. But how do you tell them apart?

Moles – What are they?

Hardly ever causing pain, they appear in many different colours and can be bumpy or flat. Most often of red, brown or black colour, they occur as a result of skin pigmentation called melanocytes. They can be caused due to direct exposure to sunlight or due to genetic factors as well. They can appear in any part of the body and form slowly, taking a long time to grow.

Warts – What are they?

Small bumps or rough growth on the skin that appear in hands, legs, fingers, soles of the feet, face or in the genital area manifest as warts. They are white or pale. They occur as a result of harmful virus infection of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and hence, can be contagious. As opposed to moles, warts need to be removed quickly since a virus causes them.

How do you differentiate a mole from a wart?
Below are some common characteristics of each that can help you identify the skin problem:

Moles

  • Either flat or elevated from the skin, they are commonly referred to as beauty marks or birth marks.
  • At times, they have hair growing from them.
  • Usually, they have one colour – mostly on the darker side.
  • It cannot be transmitted between people.
  • They are generated by a collection of pigment cells in the body and darken during hormonal changes.
  • They tend to become cancerous and lead to melanoma.

Warts

  • They are harmless, yet contagious.
  • They have small black or dark dots in the centre that are tiny blood vessels, which provide them with nutrients.
  • They grow outwards on the skin with a scaly or bumpy deposit.
  • They can grow anywhere on the body, but are commonly found in feet, hands or fingers.

How to treat warts and moles?

The good news is that both warts and moles do not pose a grave risk to your health, but they are annoying and can turn dangerous in the long run. Especially with warts, you can give it to someone or acquire from someone, since it is a type of virus infection. So, seek medical assistance if you want them to be removed from your skin.

Be aware of the difference between warts and moles to know what you are dealing with. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!