Oxsoralen

Oxsoralen (Methoxsalen)

ALTERNATIVE DRUG NAMES: Oxsoralen, Oxsoralen-Ultra, Methoxsalen
ACTIVE SUBSTANCE: Methoxsalen
Usual dosages: Depends on one’s body weight and individual sensitivity to the drug.

SHORT OXSORALEN DESCRIPTION:

Oxsoralen (Methoxsalen) is a repigmenting agent that is being manufactured by the international pharmaceutical firm ICN. Bodybuilders are attracted to Psoralens because they may be used to help them develop that deep tan that is so favored in the world of competition and modeling. Bodybuilders usually start by taking a single capsule of tablet per day, and increase the drug slowly, over time, to a point no more than the recommended medical dose for their body weight. According to the accompanying paperwork, this would be a maximum of 40 mg for one weighing 146-176 lbs, 50 mg for a weight of 179-198 lbs and 60 mg for people less than 255 lbs.

LONG OXSORALEN DESCRIPTION:

Oxsoralen (Methoxsalen) is a repigmenting agent that is being manufactured by the international pharmaceutical firm ICN. It is similar in structure and action to Trisoralen (Trioxsalen), a drug that ICN used to market in the U.S. Both of these drugs belong to a class of medicines known as Psoralens, which are used along with ultra violet light exposure to treat certain disorders of the skin such as Vitiligo (where skin pigment is lost) and psoriasis (a skin condition characterized by red and scaly blotches). Although the exact underlying mechanism behind these agents is unknown, they ultimately work to increase the output of Melanin in response to stimulation by sunlight (or artificial UV exposure). This enhances the rate of pigmentation, which in many cases will allow the lighter areas of the skin to become more evenly colored.

Bodybuilders are attracted to Psoralens because they may be used to help them develop that deep tan that is so favored in the world of competition and modeling. A good tan helps bring out muscle separation and definition tremendously, to the point it is just about considered a necessity (most bodybuilders who won’t tan on their own will apply an artificial brush-on tan). A natural tan usually looks much better (at (east in an immediate sense), especially when you are going to be seeing people face to face. This drives many fairer skinned people to look for drugs that can help them achieve a deep bronze look that is otherwise difficult or impossible to achieve on their own. In this regard, Oxsoralen most certainly seems to deliver, at least for most people who have carefully and correctly used the drug.

It is important to remember that this drug offers you no protection from the sun. It is most certainly nothing like using suntan lotion. In fact since it increases the skin’s sensitivities sunlight, it can actually make one much more prone to skin damage. Medical professionals never prescribe it for the simple purpose of cosmetic enhancement of ones “tan” for this reason. If asked, your doctor will most likely point out that it has caused very serious sunburns when it was not properly used, even to the point of increasing a person’s chance of suffering from skin cancer and cataracts. Like getting too much sunlight it can also cause your skin to prematurely age. There are many serious concerns with the use of this drug, so do not let the fact that it is used for something as simple as tanning, fool you into thinking it is benign. It most certainly is not. We assure you, if you use it incorrectly, you may wind up wishing you never heard of Oxsoralen.

The actual dose used is usually tailored to one’s body weight and individual sensitivity to the drug. For this reason most bodybuilders will start by taking a single capsule of tablet per day, and increase the drug slowly, over time, to a point no more than the recommended medical dose for their bodyweight. According to the accompanying paperwork, this would be a maximum of 40 mg for one weighing 146-176 lbs, 50 mg for a weight of 179-198 lbs and 60 mg for people less than 255 lbs. Exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light also must take place a certain number of hours after you take the medicine, or it will not work. For patients taking the normal capsules of Methoxsalen, this will be 2 to 4 hours aftera dministration. For patients taking the Oxsoralin Ultra softgels (which digest more rapidly), they will need to wait only 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The amount of time one spends exposed to light will usually also be increased slowly, starting with very brief intervals as the user becomes accustomed to the drug. The sheer number of variables, with both natural and artificial sunlight (time of year, location, total UV exposure), makes it impossible to give exact recommendations as to how long, so it will be important to judge your own exposure time and dosage response very carefully.

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