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RANIBIZUMAB - INTRAOCULAR
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Lucentis
USES: This medication is used to treat certain serious eye conditions (such as age-related macular degeneration, macular edema). It is used to help prevent decreased vision and blindness. Ranibizumab works by slowing the growth of abnormal new blood vessels in the eye and decreasing leakage from these blood vessels.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start receiving ranibizumab and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication is given by injection into the affected eye(s) by a health care professional. The affected eye is numbed before each injection. Your eye will be monitored before the injection. After the injection, you will remain in the doctor's office for a while, and your eye will continue to be monitored.
Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. This medication is usually given once a month or as directed by your doctor.
When treating age-related macular degeneration, if you are not able to have monthly injections after your first few doses, getting injections once every 2 or 3 months may be an option, although not as effective as monthly injections. Consult your doctor for more details.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
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