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RX BIN: 015558
Group ID: DDN6600
Card Holder ID: DDN6600

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What is Methyl aminolevulinate

Methyl aminolevulinate is a prodrug that is metabolised to Protoporphyrin IX (a photosensitizer) used in photodynamic therapy.

Methyl aminolevulinate mechanism of action

Photosensitization following application of methyl aminolevulinate cream occurs through the metabolic conversion of methyl aminolevulinate (prodrug) to photoactive porphyrins (PAP), which accumulates in the skin lesions to which the cream has been applied. When exposed to light of appropriate wavelength and energy, the accumulated photoactive porphyrins produce a photodynamic reaction, resulting in a cytotoxic process dependent upon the simultaneous presence of oxygen. The absorption of light results in an excited state of porphyrin molecules, and subsequent spin transfer from photoactive porphyrins to molecular oxygen generates singlet oxygen, which can further react to form superoxide and hydroxyl radicals.

Dosage forms of Methyl aminolevulinate

Creamtopical168 mg
Prescription Generics


International Brands



5-Aminolevulinic acid methyl ester Aminolevulinic acid methyl ester


Galderma Canada Inc

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Affected organisms

Humans and other mammals

Indication of Methyl aminolevulinate

For topical use, in combination with 570 to 670 nm wavelength red light illumination, in the treatment of non-hyperkeratotic actinic keratoses of the face and scalp in immunocompetent patients when used in conjunction with lesion preparation (debridement using a sharp dermal curette).

Toxicity of Methyl aminolevulinate

The severity of local phototoxic reactions such as erythema, pain and burning sensation may increase in case of prolonged application time or very high light intensity.

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