Lucentis

Generic Name: Ranibizumab

  • What is Lucentis?

    Lucentis is used to treat neovascular (wet), age-related macular degeneration. Wet AMD causes vision loss in your central field of vision.

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

    Injections into the eye, such as Lucentis, may cause an inflammation of the tissues in the eye, or detachment of your retina. Also, increases in eye pressure have been seen within 1 hour of receiving Lucentis. Although rare, conditions associated with eye- and non-eye-related blood clots may occur. If your eyes become red, sensitive to light, painful, or you develop a change in vision in the days following Lucentis administration, seek care from your eye doctor immediately.

  • Who should not take Lucentis?

    Do not take Lucentis if you have an eye infection or if you are allergic to one of its ingredients.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lucentis. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are experiencing an eye infection. Tell your doctor if you 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: Lucentis 0.5 milligrams (mg) (0.05 milliliters [mL]) is recommended to be given once a month (approximately 28 days). Although it may be less effective, treatment may be reduced to 1 injection every 3 months after the first 4 injections.

  • How should I take Lucentis?

    Lucentis will be injected into your eye once a month by your doctor. Following the injection of Lucentis, you should be monitored for increases in eye pressure and inflammation of the tissues in the eye.

  • What should I avoid while taking Lucentis?

    Avoid activities that may cause sensitivity to your eye or change the condition of your eye. Avoid continued use of Lucentis if the condition of your eye changes or worsens and notify your doctor immediately.

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

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

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  • What are the possible side effects of Lucentis?

    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: achy joints, anxiety, back pain, bleeding in the eye, bronchitis, cataracts, constipation, cough, dizziness, detached retina, difficulty breathing, dry eye(s), eye irritation, eye pain, flulike symptoms, headache, increased cholesterol, increased eye pressure, increased tears, inflammation of the eye or eyelid, inflammation of the nose and throat, insomnia, itchy eye(s), nausea, pain in an extremity, increased blood pressure, sinus infection, upper respiratory tract infection, urinary tract infection, vitreous "floaters"

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

    The effects of Lucentis during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. 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 Lucentis?

    If for some reason you cannot make monthly appointments for Lucentis injections, talk to your doctor about reducing the frequency of injections from monthly to every 3 months. This can only happen after the first 4 injections have been given on a monthly basis.

  • How should I store Lucentis?

    Store in a refrigerator; do not freeze. Protect vials from light and store them in the original carton until the time of use.

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