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Macugen Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking pegaptanib ophthalmic (Macugen)?

You should not receive pegaptanib if you are allergic to it, or if you have any type of bacterial, fungal, or viral infection in or around your eyes.

FDA pregnancy category B. Pegaptanib 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 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 should I take pegaptanib ophthalmic (Macugen)?

Pegaptanib 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.

Pegaptanib is usually given once every 6 weeks. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.

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