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Generic Name: Pegaptanib (peg-AP-ta-nib)
Brand Name: Macugen
Macugen is used for:
Treating a certain eye problem known as neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Macugen is a selective vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) antagonist. It works by blocking a protein in the eye to slow or stop wet AMD.
Do NOT use Macugen if:
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Macugen :
Some medical conditions may interact with Macugen . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Macugen . However, no specific interactions with Macugen are known at this time.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Macugen may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Macugen :
Use Macugen as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Macugen .
Important safety information:
Possible side effects of Macugen :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Macugen :
Store Macugen in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Keep Macugen out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Macugen . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition 06.4.1.002
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
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