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Macugen Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving pegaptanib (Macugen)?

You should not receive pegaptanib if you have an infection in or around your eye.

Before you receive pegaptanib, tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction when receiving a pegaptanib injection.

FDA pregnancy category B. Pegaptanib ophthalmic is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether pegaptanib ophthalmic injection passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How is pegaptanib given (Macugen)?

Pegaptanib is given as an injection through a needle placed directly into your eye. Your doctor will give you this injection in a clinic setting. Only one eye at a time will be treated unless your doctor prescribes otherwise.

Pegaptanib injections are usually given every 6 weeks.

Before your injection, you will receive a numbing medicine to make you comfortable during the injection. You will also be treated with an antibiotic medicine to prevent infection.

After your injection, your doctor will need to check your eyes periodically for up to 30 minutes. You may also need to be checked again in 2 and 7 days.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your eyes will need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.

If your doctor prescribes an antibiotic to prevent an eye infection, take the antibiotic for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor.

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