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Generic: verteporfin
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It is used to treat macular degeneration

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What is this medicine?

VERTEPORFIN (VER te PORE fin) is used to treat macular degeneration. It is activated by light. This medication is given, then the eye(s) are treated with a laser light. This is called photodynamic therapy (PDT). This treatment results in a slowing of the disease and helps to maintain vision.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • liver disease
  • porphyria
  • recent radiation therapy
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to verteporfin, eggs, porphyrins, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a vein. This is the first step of photodynamic therapy (PDT). Your doctor will numb your eye with eyedrops, and then place a special contact lens on the eye. The second step consists of shining a laser light into your eye for just over a minute to activate the medication. The laser does not use heat, so it will not burn your eye. Another course of treatment may be given in 3 months, if your vision problems recur.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss a scheduled appointment. If you miss a scheduled appointment, contact your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • alcohol
  • any medicines that may make you sensitive to the sun (e.g., some antibiotics, sulfa medicines, and water pills)
  • aspirin and aspirin- like medicines
  • beta- carotene
  • calcium- channel blockers (e.g., diltiazem, nifedipine, and verapamil)
  • dimethyl sulfoxide
  • mannitol
  • medicines that affect platelets
  • medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin, enoxaparin, and dalteparin
  • NSAIDS, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • polymyxin b
  • tetracyclines
  • vitamins A and E

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