Verteporfin (Injection)

Introduction

Verteporfin (ver-te-PORE-fin)

Treats blood vessel disorders in the eye that are caused by conditions such as macular degeneration (a gradual loss of vision caused by aging), myopia (nearsightedness), or ocular histoplasmosis (a fungal infection of the eye).

Brand Name(s)

Visudyne

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to verteporfin or if you have porphyria.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
  • A few minutes after injection of this medicine, you will receive a light treatment to your eye(s).

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows about ALL other medicines you are using.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before receiving this medicine.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have liver disease.
  • This medicine will cause your skin and eyes to become sensitive to sunlight or bright light. Avoid sunlight or bright indoor light for 5 days after your treatment. This includes tanning beds, bright halogen lights, light coming through a window, or lights used in surgery or dental offices.
  • If you must go outdoors during the first 5 days after a treatment, wear protective clothing including long sleeves, a hat, and dark sunglasses. Sunscreen will not protect you from the harmful effects of sunlight after a treatment with this medicine.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Blurred or double vision or vision that is less clear
  • Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet
  • Pain, burning, swelling, redness, or rash where the needle is placed
  • Red, swollen, or bruised eyes
  • Skin rash or redness
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Dry or itching eyes
  • Fever, chills, sore throat, cough
  • Muscle weakness or joint pain
  • Nausea or constipation

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: June 18, 2013

         
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