Levulan and Alcohol
Levulan Kerastick generic name aminolevulinic acid HCL used in concert with Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy is used as a treatment for minimum to moderate thick actinic keratosis of the face or scalp. This condition is rough textured, dry scaly patches on the skin that can lead to skin cancer.
It functions by the applied solution being absorbed by the AK cells where it is converted to a chemical that makes the cells very sensitive to light. When exposed to the blue light illuminator a reaction occurs which destroys the AK cells.
Advantages of this treatment are, no prescription required, no daily medication, can be administered by any health care specialist. Also the 2 part 2 office treatment can be completed in a 24 hour period with no scarring reported.
It is suggested that only moderate consumption of alcohol while being treated.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using Levulan Karastic advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding
Side Effects are scaling, crusting, hypo/hyper pigmentation, itching, stinging, and or burning, erythema or edema.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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