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Generic: verteporfin
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It is used to treat macular degeneration

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What should I watch for while using this medicine?

This medication will cause you to be very sensitive to light. Avoid exposing skin and eyes to sunlight and bright indoor lights (unshaded light bulbs at close range) for 5 days. If you are near a window in your home during daylight, make sure you have curtains or shades to block out direct sunlight. However, you should not stay in the dark. Exposing your skin to indoor light helps to inactivate the drug in the skin. You can watch TV or go to the movies. Try to avoid outside activities or chores until after sundown. If you do go outside during daylight hours within the first 5 days after your treatment, wear long- sleeved shirts and slacks, preferably tight- knit, light colored fabrics, gloves, socks and shoes, sunglasses, and a wide- brimmed hat. Sunscreens will NOT protect against these reactions. After 5 days, you may resume normal outdoor activities without any special precautions.

Following the injection, you may notice increased sensitivity of your eyes to sun, bright lights or car headlights for several days.

After the treatment, you may experience temporary changes in vision. This may interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery. You should avoid these activities until these symptoms go away.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • blisters, redness, swelling of skin (similar to a severe sunburn)
  • breathing problems
  • changes in blood pressure or heart rate
  • severe chest pain
  • sweating, dizziness, or flushing

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor if they continue or are bothersome):

  • blurred vision
  • increased eye and skin sensitivity to sunlight or bright light, usually lasting about 5 days

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