Eylea

Generic Name: Aflibercept

  • What is Eylea?

    Eylea is a medicine injected inside the eye that is used to treat neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition which causes loss of vision.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Eylea?

    Eylea is for intraocular (in the eye) injection only.

    Eylea can cause inflammation of the tissues of your eye or detachment of your retina. Also, increases in eye pressure have been seen within one hour of receiving Eylea. If your eye becomes red, sensitive to light, painful, or develops a change in vision after using Eylea, tell your doctor immediately.

    There is a potential risk that blood clotting events (such as stroke or heart attack) can occur following the administration of this medicine.

  • Who should not take Eylea?

    Do not receive Eylea if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or if you have active inflammation or infection in your eye or around the eye area.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Eylea?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Eylea. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have eye inflammation or infection, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you, based on your condition.

  • How should I take Eylea?

    Your doctor will administer Eylea for you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Eylea?

    Do not drive or operate machines while you experience vision disturbances due to Eylea.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Eylea?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Eylea at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Eylea?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: bleeding in your eye, blurred vision, cataracts, eye pain, foreign body sensation in your eyes, increased eye pressure, increased tearing, inflammation of the eye or eyelid, injection-site bleeding and pain, swelling of your eyelid or the clear layer of your eye (cornea), tearing of the pigmented layer of the retina, vitreous floaters, wearing away of the tissue layer of the cornea

  • Can I receive Eylea if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Eylea during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Eylea is not recommended during breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Eylea?

    Eylea should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Eylea?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.