Ranibizumab - intraocular
Ranibizumab - intraocular
This medication is used to treat certain serious eye conditions (such as age-related macular degeneration, macular edema, diabetic retinopathy). It is used to help prevent decreased vision and blindness. Ranibizumab works by slowing the growth of abnormal new blood vessels in the eye and decreasing leakage from these blood vessels.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start receiving ranibizumab and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication is given by injection into the affected eye(s) by a health care professional. The affected eye is numbed before each injection. Your eye will be monitored before the injection. After the injection, you will remain in the doctor's office for a while, and your eye will continue to be monitored.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. This medication is given as directed by your doctor, usually once a month for most conditions.
When treating age-related macular degeneration, if you are not able to have monthly injections after your first few doses, getting injections once every 2 or 3 months may be an option, although not as effective as monthly injections. Consult your doctor for more details.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
Mild discomfort and increased tears may occur in the affected eye(s). Feeling of spinning and dizziness may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
This medication may rarely increase your risk for developing a certain serious eye condition (endophthalmitis), especially during the first week after receiving a dose. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any of these symptoms in the affected eye(s):
This medication may sometimes increase the risk of serious (possibly fatal) blood clots. This may lead to stroke, heart attack, and other blood vessel problems. Get medical help right away if you develop:
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including:
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Before receiving ranibizumab, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
This drug may make you dizzy or blur your vision. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness or clear vision until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. However, this medication is unlikely to pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
Your doctor will schedule periodic eye exams to monitor your progress and check for side effects.
For the best possible benefit, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of this medication as directed. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor to establish a new dosing schedule.
Not applicable. This medication is given in a clinic or doctor's office and will not be stored at home.
Information last revised October 2018.
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