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Photofrin Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is porfimer (Photofrin)?
- What are the possible side effects of porfimer (Photofrin)?
- What is the most important information I should know about porfimer (Photofrin)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving porfimer (Photofrin)?
- How is porfimer given (Photofrin)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Photofrin)?
- What happens if I overdose (Photofrin)?
- What should I avoid after receiving porfimer (Photofrin)?
- What other drugs will affect porfimer (Photofrin)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Photofrin)?
Call your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your laser light therapy. The timing of your laser light therapy in relation to your porfimer infusion is important for the treatment to be effective.
What happens if I overdose (Photofrin)?
Since this medication is given by a healthcare professional in a medical setting, an overdose is unlikely to occur.
What should I avoid after receiving porfimer (Photofrin)?
Avoid exposing your eyes and skin to natural sunlight and bright indoor lights for 30 to 90 days after you are treated with porfimer.
This medication may cause your eyes to be more sensitive to oncoming headlights while you are driving. Avoid driving at night until this effect wears off.
What other drugs will affect porfimer (Photofrin)?
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- allopurinol (Zyloprim);
- griseofulvin (Fulvicin);
- thalidomide (Thalomid);
- an antibiotic such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gemifloxacin (Factive), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), ofloxacin (Floxin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), and others;
- a tetracycline antibiotic such as doxycycline (Doryx, Oracea, Periostat, Vibramycin), minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn), or tetracycline (Ala-Tet, Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap);
- a diuretic (water pill) such as chlorothiazide (Diuril), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HydroDiuril, Hyzaar, Lopressor HCT, Vasoretic, Zestoretic), chlorthalidone (Hygroton, Thalitone), indapamide (Lozol), metolazone (Mykrox, Zaroxolyn), and others;
- heart or blood pressure medicine such as amlodipine (Norvasc, Caduet, Exforge, Lotrel, Tekamlo, Tribenzor, Twynsta, Amturnide), diltiazem (Cartia, Cardizem), nifedipine (Nifedical, Procardia), verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan), and others;
- medication used to prevent blood clots, such as abciximab (ReoPro), bivalirudin (Angiomax), cilostazol (Pletal), clopidogrel (Plavix), dabigatran (Pradaxa), dalteparin (Fragmin), dipyridamole (Persantine, Aggrenox), eptifibatide (Integrelin), fondaparinux (Arixtra), ticlopidine (Ticlid), tirofiban (Aggrastat), and many others;
- medication used to treat blood clots such as alteplase (Activase), tenecteplase (TNKase), urokinase (Abbokinase);
- an oral diabetes medication such as glipizide (Glucotrol, Metaglip), glimepiride (Amaryl, Avandaryl, Duetact), glyburide (DiaBeta, Micronase, Glucovance), and others; or
- a phenothiazine such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Permitil, Prolixin), perphenazine (Trilafon), prochlorperazine (Compazine, Compro), promethazine (Pentazine, Phenergan, Anergan, Antinaus), thioridazine (Mellaril), or trifluoperazine (Stelazine); or
- a sulfa drug (Bactrim, Septra, Sulfatrim, SMX-TMP, and others).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with porfimer. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about porfimer.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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