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methoxypsoralen (8-Methoxypsoralen, MOP)

甲 氧 补 骨 脂 素

Translated by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu

Medical functions and uses: same as those of psoralen. Its effect is better than those of psoralen. It can also be used for treatment of vitiligo.

(1) For treatment of psoriasis

The method of light therapy is the same as that of using psoralen.

Oral dosage is 30 to 50 mg to be taken after meal. One hour later, soak the whole body in spring water for 20 to 30 minutes. After two hours apply long wave ultra violet light, starting from small dosage of light and gradually increase the amount. External application of 0.5% of methoxypsoralen tincture can also be used.

Experience: Using this method, apply therapy once a day (except Sunday). Continued till symptoms gradually subsiding then decrease the frequencies of therapies till once a week or up to once a month then long term treatments were continued to secured long term remission. Total patients:46. Healed:45. Obviously effective:1. Effectiveness of therapy showed after 9 treatment and totally healed after 60 treatment.


(2) For treatment of vitiligo

Apply externally with 0.1% solution on affected areas.


Warning: This medicine can affect the blood producing function of the bone marrow. It may decrease the total white cell.


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