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Side effects

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Short-term side effects:

  • nausea, burning and pruritus in 20% of patients - these side effects rarely prevent completion of a treatment course

Long-term side effects:

  • increased risk of squamous-cell carcinomas of the skin
  • skin wrinkling, irregular pigmentation, benign keratoses, lentigines, premalignant keratoses, as well as skin cancers
  • occasionally, exacerbation of psoriasis
  • ocular phototoxicity eg. cataracts - UVA opaque glasses worn for 24 hours after treatment

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