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In this Article
- What is aflibercept ophthalmic (Eylea)?
- What are the possible side effects of aflibercept ophthalmic (Eylea)?
- What is the most important information I should know about aflibercept ophthalmic (Eylea)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using aflibercept ophthalmic (Eylea)?
- How is aflibercept ophthalmic given (Eylea)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Eylea)?
- What happens if I overdose (Eylea)?
- What should I avoid while using aflibercept ophthalmic (Eylea)?
- What other drugs will affect aflibercept ophthalmic (Eylea)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using aflibercept ophthalmic (Eylea)?
You should not receive aflibercept if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- eye conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma; or
- any type of bacterial, fungal, or viral infection in or around your eyes.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether aflibercept will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether aflibercept passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using aflibercept.
How is aflibercept ophthalmic given (Eylea)?
Aflibercept ophthalmic is given as an injection into your eye. Your doctor will use a medicine to numb your eye before giving you the injection. 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.
Aflibercept is usually given once every 4 weeks for the first 3 months, and then once every 8 weeks. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
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