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(methyl aminolevulinate) Cream, 16.8%

For Topical Use Only


Metvixia (methyl aminolevulinate cream) Cream is an oil in water emulsion. Metvixia (methyl aminolevulinate cream) Cream contains methyl aminolevulinate hydrochloride equivalent to168 mg/g of methyl aminolevulinate. Methyl aminolevulinate hydrochloride is a white to slightly yellow powder that is freely soluble in water and methanol, soluble in ethanol and practically insoluble in most organic solvents.

The chemical formula for methyl aminolevulinate HCl is C6H11NO3.HCl (MW=181.62) and it has the following structural formula:

METVIXIA® (methyl aminolevulinate) Structural Formula Illustration

Metvixia (methyl aminolevulinate cream) Cream, for topical use only, is cream to pale yellow in color, contains glyceryl monostearate, cetostearyl alcohol, polyoxyl stearate, cholesterol and oleyl alcohol as emulsifying agents. It also contains glycerin, white petrolatum, isopropyl myristate, refined peanut oil, refined almond oil as emollients, edetate disodium as a chelating agent and methylparaben and propylparaben as preservatives.

What are the possible side effects of methyl aminolevulinate (Metvixia)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have severe stinging, burning, redness, oozing, or swelling of treated skin areas, especially if you have these effects for longer than 3 weeks after treatment.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild skin redness, warmth, burning, or swelling;
  • puffy eyes;
  • slight pain; or
  • itching, peeling, scabs or crusting of treated...

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Last reviewed on RxList: 1/11/2017
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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