AFLIBERCEPT - Watsons Health

AFLIBERCEPT

Aflibercept belongs to a class of drugs known as growth factor inhibitors and is used to treat certain eye conditions. This drug helps preserve vision and prevent blindness by slowing the growth of abnormal new blood vessels in the eye and decreasing leakage from these blood vessels.

This medication can be used to treat serious eye problems like wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD), macular edema following central retinal vein occlusion, diabetic macular edema.

Do not use this drug to pregnant women unless prescribed by the doctor.

Aside from the benefits, this drug may bring some unwanted effects. It is important to tell your doctor all the symptoms that you experience while using this drug, especially if any of these:

  • Swollen eyelids
  • Blurry shapes in front of the eyes
  • Pain in the Chest, jaw, or arm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Symptoms of severe allergic reaction such as hives, swelling or redness

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these serious side effects.

Precautions

Before taking this drug, tell your doctor or pharmacist:

  • If you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you are to undergo any surgical procedure.
  • If you are taking herbal, prescription and non-prescription drugs.
  • If you have certain medical conditions or history of any eye infection.

This drug may cause dizziness, drowsiness or blurred vision. Avoid activities requiring alertness or clear vision such as driving until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit the use of alcohol and certain other medications that cause drowsiness.

 

Interactions

Drug interactions may either lessen the effectiveness of this drug or heighten the risk for severe side effects. It’s important to inform your doctor all the medication including prescription and non-prescription and herbal medicines you are taking or going to take.

Possible interactions with this drug are:

  • Eye drops or other eye products that is applied to the eye

Call emergency hotline if someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing.

Available brand/s:

  • Aflibercept
  • Eylea

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