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Visudyne Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my health care provider before I receive verteporfin (Visudyne)?

You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to verteporfin, or if you have porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system).

To make sure you can safely receive verteporfin, tell your doctor if you have other medical conditions, especially:

  • liver disease;
  • gallbladder disease; or
  • if you are receiving radiation treatment.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether verteporfin will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

Verteporfin can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using verteporfin.

How is verteporfin given (Visudyne)?

Verteporfin is injected into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting. Verteporfin must be given slowly, and the IV infusion can take at least 10 minutes to complete.

Tell your caregivers if you feel any burning, pain, or swelling around the IV needle when the medicine is injected.

You will receive laser light treatment to your eye(s) within 15 minutes after the start of your verteporfin infusion.

After receiving verteporfin, you must protect your eyes from natural sunlight and bright indoor light for at least 5 days.. For best protection, wear dark sunglasses whenever you are outdoors or while indoors under bright lighting.

You should not stay in the dark while you are indoors, as this can actually cause the drug to stay active in your body longer. It is best to spend your time in ambient indoor light such as indirect sunlight through a window, or low-wattage incandescent lighting. Avoid areas where you will be exposed to halogen or fluorescent light.

Your doctor will need to check your progress on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

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