Phytophototoxin Poisoning Medication

Updated: Feb 16, 2019
  • Author: Toluwumi O Olafisoye , MD; Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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Medication Summary

The goals of pharmacotherapy are to reduce morbidity and prevent complications. Useful measures include anti-inflammatory drugs and depigmenting agents.


Depigmenting agents

Class Summary

These agents have been shown to be useful in the treatment of phytophototoxin plant poisoning.

Hydroquinone (Claripel, Eldoquin-Forte, Solaquin-Forte)

Suppresses melanocyte metabolic processes, especially enzymatic oxidation of tyrosine to 3,4-dihydroxyphenylamine. Exposure to sun reverses effects and causes repigmentation.



Class Summary

These agents have anti-inflammatory properties and cause profound and varied metabolic effects. Corticosteroids modify the body's immune response to diverse stimuli.

Hydrocortisone topical (Cortaid, Cortizone)

Applied to skin and mucus membranes provides general anti-inflammatory activity via intracellular mechanisms. Absorption from skin and potency depend on modifications to drug structure, vehicle of application, and condition of exposed skin.

Prednisone (Deltasone, Meticorten, Orasone)

Immunosuppressant for treatment of autoimmune disorders; may decrease inflammation by reversing increased capillary permeability and suppressing PMN activity. Stabilizes lysosomal membranes and also suppresses lymphocyte and antibody production.


Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

Class Summary

Although most NSAIDs are used primarily for their anti-inflammatory effects, they are effective analgesics and are useful for the relief of mild to moderate pain.

Indomethacin (Indocin)

Rapidly absorbed; metabolism occurs in liver by demethylation, deacetylation, and glucuronide conjugation; inhibits prostaglandin synthesis.