Metvixia cream (methyl aminolevulinate) makes your skin more sensitive to light. It works by causing a reaction with light that can destroy certain types of diseased skin cells.

Metvixia cream is used in combination with red light therapy to treat to treat skin growths on the face and scalp called actinic keratosis of the face and scalp.

Metvixia cream is only used for actinic keratosis skin growths that are thin and not dark colored. Actinic keratosis skin growths are not cancer and are caused partly by too much sun exposure.

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  • Metvixia
  • More common
    Breakdown of the skin
    irritation and redness of the skin
    swelling of the eyelid
    swelling of the skin
    Less common
    Discharge at the site of application
    sores on the skin that do not heal
    Incidence not known
    Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
    blurred vision or other change in vision
    eye redness, irritation, or pain
    hives or welts
    itching, scaling, or severe redness of the skin
    persistent non-healing sore
    pink growth on the skin
    reddish patch or irritated area on the skin
    seeing flashes or sparks of light
    seeing floating spots before the eyes, or a veil or curtain appearing across part of the vision
    shiny bump on the skin
    skin rash, encrusted, scaly and oozing
    white, yellow, or waxy scar-like area on the skin
    Some of the side effects that can occur with methyl aminolevulinate topical may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Less common
    Darkening of the skin
  • (methyl aminolevulinate) cream