What is Macugen
Macugen is used to
treat adults with an eye problem called the wet form (neovascular) of
age-related macular degeneration. Macular degeneration causes vision loss
leading to blindness.
Who should not be
treated with Macugen?
Do not use Macugen if
you have an infection in or around your eye
Call your eye doctor
right away if your eye becomes red, sensitivity to light, painful or you
have changes in vision. Macugen can cause a serious eye inflammation
called endophthalmitis in the days following an injection.
Precautions with Macugen:
Your eye doctor should only
inject one eye at a
time with Macugen.
Your eye doctor should monitor your eye
for increased pressure and signs of infection right after each Macugen
injection and during the week after each injection.
What should I tell
my health care provider?
Tell your health care
provider if you are pregnant, are trying to become pregnant, or are
What are some possible side effects
of Macugen? (This list is
NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Macugen. Your health
care provider can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)
The most common side
effects with Macugen include:
inflammation of the eye
blurred vision or changes in vision
bleeding in the eye
swelling of the eye
irritation or discomfort of the eye
seeing "spots" in your vision
For more detailed
information about Macugen, ask your health care provider or pharmacist.