Visudyne

Generic Name: Verteporfin

  • What is Visudyne?

    Visudyne is a medicine used to treat age-related macular degeneration (a condition which usually affects older adults and results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field [the macula] because of damage to the retina).

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

    Visudyne can make you more sensitive to light. Do not have direct contact with the sun or bright lights for 5 days after treatment.

    Visudyne can cause swelling and discoloration at the injection site.

    Visudyne can cause vision problems. Tell your doctor if you experience a decrease in your vision within 1 week after treatment. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if you have vision symptoms.

  • Who should not take Visudyne?

    Do not use Visudyne if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Visudyne. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

  • 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 prescribe the appropriate dose for you.

  • How should I take Visudyne?

    Your doctor will administer Visudyne to you as an injection.

  • What should I avoid while taking Visudyne?

    Avoid exposure to sunlight and bright lights for 5 days after treatment.

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

    If Visudyne is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Visudyne may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking.

  • What are the possible side effects of Visudyne?

    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, blurred vision, decreased visual sharpness, discoloration, flashes of light, inflammation, pain, swelling

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

    The effects of Visudyne 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 Visudyne?

    Visudyne should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor. If you miss your scheduled appointment, contact your doctor for advice.

  • How should I store Visudyne?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.