• Actinic keratoses

Metvixia Generic Name & Formulations

General Description

Methyl aminolevulinate 16.8%; crm.

Pharmacological Class

Porphyrin precursor.

How Supplied


Metvixia Indications


For treatment of thin and moderately thick, non-hyperkeratotic, non-pigmented actinic keratoses of the face and scalp in immunocompetent patients, in combination with Aktilite CL128 lamp red light illumination.

Metvixia Dosage and Administration


See literature. Surface of lesion should be prepared before applying. Use nitrile gloves. Apply a layer of cream about 1mm thick to lesion and surrounding 5mm of normal skin. Do not apply more than 1g (half tube) per treatment session. Cover area with occlusive, non-absorbent dressing for 3 hours. Multiple lesions may be treated during the same session. Remove occlusive dressing and clean area with saline and gauze. Position Aktilite CL128 lamp. Required illumination time: 7–10 minutes. Keep area covered and away from light for at least 48 hours after. Two treatment sessions one week apart should be administered. Assess lesion response 3 months after the last treatment session.


<18yrs: not recommended.

Metvixia Contraindications


Cutaneous photosensitivity. Porphyrin, peanut, or almond oil allergy.

Metvixia Boxed Warnings

Not Applicable

Metvixia Warnings/Precautions


Do not apply to eyes, mucous membranes. Avoid exposure to sunlight or bright indoor light during the period prior to Aktilite red light treatment. If red light treatment cannot be administered, remove cream and protect skin from sunlight or intense light for two days. Coagulation defects. Pregnancy (Cat.C). Nursing mothers.

Metvixia Pharmacokinetics

See Literature

Metvixia Interactions


Additive photosensitivity possible with concomitant photosensitizing agents.

Metvixia Adverse Reactions

Adverse Reactions

Erythema, pain, burning and discomfort, pruritus, scabbing, crusting and erosions, edema and exfoliation of skin.

Metvixia Clinical Trials

See Literature

Metvixia Note

Not Applicable

Metvixia Patient Counseling

See Literature