Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Visudyne
Generic Name: verteporfin (Pronunciation: VER te PORE fin)
What is verteporfin (Visudyne)?
Verteporfin works by enhancing the eye's sensitivity to light. Verteporfin affects abnormal blood vessels in the eye.
Verteporfin is used together with "photodynamic" laser light therapy to treat blood vessel disorders in the eye caused by macular degeneration and other eye diseases.
Verteporfin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of verteporfin (Visudyne)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; sweating; dizziness; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Tell your caregivers at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about 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).
Before receiving verteporfin, tell your doctor if you have liver or gallbladder disease, or if you are receiving radiation treatment. Also tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Tell your caregivers if you feel any burning, pain, or swelling around the IV needle when the medicine is injected.
Verteporfin will make your eyes and your skin more sensitive to light. After receiving verteporfin, you must protect your eyes and skin from natural sunlight and bright indoor light for at least 5 days.
Wear dark sunglasses and keep all parts of your skin covered with clothing. Sunscreen will not be effective in protecting you from UV rays during the 5-day period after you have received verteporfin.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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