"June 29, 2011 (San Diego) -- Lucentis, a drug used to treat people with vision problems from age-related macular degeneration, may help to restore vision among people with eye complications caused by diabetes, two studies suggest.
Lucentis Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is ranibizumab (Lucentis)?
- What are the possible side effects of ranibizumab (Lucentis)?
- What is the most important information I should know about ranibizumab (Lucentis)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving ranibizumab (Lucentis)?
- How is ranibizumab used (Lucentis)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Lucentis)?
- What happens if I overdose (Lucentis)?
- What should I avoid while receiving ranibizumab (Lucentis)?
- What other drugs will affect ranibizumab (Lucentis)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving ranibizumab (Lucentis)?
Do not receive this medication if you are allergic to ranibizumab, or if you have an infection in or around your eye.
Before you receive this medication, tell your doctor if you have glaucoma, or a history of blood clots or stroke.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether ranibizumab passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not receive this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How is ranibizumab used (Lucentis)?
Ranibizumab 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.
Ranibizumab is usually given once a month. After you have received the first 4 injections, your doctor may change your injection schedule to once every 3 months. Follow your doctor's instructions.
For at least 30 minutes after your injection, your eyes will be checked periodically to make sure the injection has not caused any side effects.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition and not causing harmful effects, your eyes will also need to be checked on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.
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