Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

You will receive this medicine in a clinic or doctor's office. A nurse or other caregiver will apply the medicine.

If you are using the aminolevulinic acid solution:

  • Blue light illumination treatment must be followed with BLU–U Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Illuminator in your doctor's office 14 to 18 hours after the application. The blue light treatment lasts approximately 17 minutes.
  • Your doctor may want to retreat you after 8 weeks if your skin condition did not completely resolve.
  • Call your doctor if you cannot return for the blue light illumination treatment after the aminolevulinic acid application. You should then protect the treated skin from sunlight and prolonged or intense light for at least 40 hours.

If you are using the aminolevulinic acidgel:

  • This medicine is applied on your lesions and may be applied to the skin around the lesions. Do not get any of the gel in your eyes, nose, mouth, or ears. Rinse it off right away if it does get on these areas.
  • After gel application, the area where the gel has been applied will be covered with a light-blocking, occlusive dressing for 3 hours.
  • Immediately after removing the dressing and any remaining gel, you will be treated with a red light using the BF-RhodoLED® lamp.
  • If the lesions cannot be treated with the BF-RhodoLED® lamp within 3 hours after the gel has been applied, then rinse off the gel with saline and water and protect the lesion sites from sunlight or prolonged or intense light for 2 days.
  • Your doctor may want to retreat you after 3 months if your skin condition did not completely resolve.