pegaptanib ophthalmic injection

Pronunciation: peg AP ta nib

Brand: Macugen

What is the most important information I should know about pegaptanib ophthalmic?

Call your doctor at once if you have eye pain or redness, swelling around your eyes, or sudden vision problems.

What is pegaptanib ophthalmic?

Pegaptanib ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used in adults to treat wet age-related macular degeneration.

Pegaptanib ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving pegaptanib ophthalmic?

You should not use pegaptanib ophthalmic if you are allergic to it, or if you have an infection in or around your eyes.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • glaucoma; or
  • cataract.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How is pegaptanib ophthalmic given?

Pegaptanib ophthalmic is given as an injection into your eye. You will receive this injection in your doctor's office or other clinic setting.

For a short time after your injection, your eyes will be checked periodically to make sure the injection has not caused any side effects.

Pegaptanib is usually given once every 6 weeks. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Call your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your pegaptanib ophthalmic injection.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose is unlikely to cause serious side effects.

What should I avoid while receiving pegaptanib ophthalmic?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

What are the possible side effects of pegaptanib ophthalmic?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • eye pain or redness, swelling around your eyes;
  • sudden vision problems; or
  • increased sensitivity to light, or seeing "floaters" in your vision.

Common side effects may include:

  • vision changes;
  • eye pain or discomfort;
  • eye redness, irritation, sensitivity to light; or
  • watery eyes, crusting or drainage.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect pegaptanib ophthalmic?

Medicine used in the eyes is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Where can I get more information?

Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about pegaptanib ophthalmic.

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