EPP or Erythropoetic Protoporphyria and the sun sensitive porphyrias can very often be treated with Lumitene™.
The original treatment formula for this form of Porphyria was known as Solatene™ a prescription only beta-carotene capsule which is no longer available. Lumitene™ has taken its place and is 100% compatible and the identical formulation of Solatene™ but does NOT require a prescription -- although you should certainly discuss this with your Doctor.
Each Lumitene capsule is composed of beadlets containing 30 mg beta-carotene. Patients receiving Lumitene should be advised against taking supplementary vitamin A since Lumitene administration will fulfill normal vitamin A requirements. They should also be cautioned to continue sun protection and forewarned that their skin may appear slightly yellow while receiving Lumitene.
Lumitene may be administered either as a single daily dose or in divided doses, preferably with meals. The usual dosage for children under 14 is 30 to 150 mg (1 to 5 capsules) per day. Capsules may be opened and the contents mixed in orange or tomato juice to aid administration. The usual adult dosage is 30 to 300 mg (1 to 10 capsules) per day.
Dosage should be adjusted depending on the severity of the symptoms and the response of the patient. Several weeks of therapy are necessary to accumulate enough Lumitene in the skin to exert its effect. Patients should be instructed not to increase exposure to sunlight until they appear caroetenemic, (first seen as yellowness of palms and soles). This usually occurs after two to six weeks of therapy. Exposure to the sun may then be increased gradually. The protective effect is not total and each patient should establish his or her own limits of exposure.
You can order Lumitene by "clicking" the "Add to Cart" button above. Or, to receive more information, please call EPIC (Equivalent Pharmaceutical Industries Corporation) at: 1-800-866-0978 or send us an email by "clicking" on the email button on the left.
The Lumitene™ NDC Number is: 1465-4658-08. Please note that the NDC Number is a ten digit number. Some computer systems require that an 11 digit number be entered, if that is the case then start the sequence of numbers with a zero, (01465465808).
Supplement Facts - Lumitene
Serving size: 1 Capsule
% Daily Value
*Daily Value not established.Other Ingredients:
Gelatin, cornstarch, titanium dioxide, FD&C red #40, glucose, magnesium stearate, sodium ascorbate, D&C red #28, dl-alpha tocopherol, talc, silicon dioxide and FD&C blue #1.Directions: Adults:
The usual dosage is 30 to 300 mg (1 to 10 capsules) per day. Children (under 14):
The usual dosage is 30 to 150 mg (1 to 5 capsules) per day. Capsules may be opened and contents mixed in orange or tomato juice to aid administration. Dosage may be administered either as a single dose or in divided doses, preferably with meal.Precautions:
General: Lumitene™ should be used with caution in patients with impaired renal or hepatic function because safe use in the presence of these conditions has not been established.Adverse Reactions:
Some patients may have occasional loose stools while taking Lumitene™. This reaction is sporadic and may not require discontinuance of medication. Other reactions which have been reported rarely are ecchymoses and arthralgia.Contraindictions:
Lumitene™ is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to beta-carotene.Information for Patients:
Patients receiving Lumitene™ should be advised against taking supplementary vitamin A since Lumitene™ administration will fulfill normal vitamin A requirements. They should be cautioned to continue sun protection, and forewarned that their skin may appear slightly yellow while receiving Lumitene™.KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.
If you are pregnant or nursing a baby, seek the advice of a health professional before using this product.
Keep bottle tightly closed. Store in a cool, dry place at controlled room temperature 15°C-30°C (59°F-86°F).
Lumitene™ is a trademark of Tishcon Corp.
Manufactured by: Tishcon Corp.
30 New York Ave., Westbury NY 11590 MADE IN THE U.S.A.