Visudyne

Generic Name:Verteporfin

Visudyne is a prescribed medication used for the treatment in enhancing the sensitivity of the eye. Visudyne is having the active ingredient of Verteporfin which is used along with laser light treatment to treat certain serious eye conditions such as macular degeneration, pathologic myopia, and ocular histoplasmosis. It is used to help prevent decreased vision and blindness. After you have received the injection of Visudyne, your doctor will use laser light treatment on the affected eyes. The laser light will change the drug to a form that works by damaging only those cells that cause the serious eye problem. Doctors generally treat your affected eye with laser light about 15 minutes after you receive this medication. They will make you wear a wristband for 5 days after receiving this drug to notify other health care professionals that you have received this drug and to remind you to avoid bright lights such as halogen lights and direct sunlight. However, do not stay in totally dark areas after treatment. You should expose your skin to regular indoor/indirect light because doing so will help stop any drug in your skin from causing damage to skin cells.

How to Use Visudyne Injections

  • Before using, check the product visually for particles or discoloration. The solution should be a dark green color. If you find any different color or there are particles in the solution, do not use the liquid.
  • This medication is given by injection into a vein as directed by your doctor. Dosage is based on your body size and response to treatment.
  • Use safety measures to keep the drug from leaking out of the vein while it is being given in extravasation. If leaking occurs, stop giving the injection and apply a cold pack/compress to the affected area. Protect the area from light until swelling and discoloration go away.

Cautions before Use Visudyne Injections

  • This medication will make your eyes more sensitive to the sun and to bright indoor lights. Avoid sun exposure, halogen lights, high-powered indoor lighting used in operating rooms/dental offices, tanning booths, and sunlamps for at least 5 days after receiving this medication.
  • People suffering from liver diseases should not take this medicine.
  • People suffering from gallbladder problems cannot take this medication.
  • Those patients who are receiving radiation treatment are restricted from using this medication.
  • Pregnant women should take proper medical advice before taking Visudyne.

Visudyne Injections Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Visudyne are as follows:

  • Severe decrease in vision
  • Sudden and severe pain;
  • Severe redness or other discoloration of your eyes;
  • Eye pain or seeing halos around lights;
  • Feeling like you might pass out;
  • Chest pain
  • Warmth or tingly feeling under your skin

Interactions and Overdose of Visudyne Injections

This medicine could react with antioxidants such as beta carotene, mannitol, dimethylsulfoxide-DMSO, “blood thinners” such as, aspirin, ticlopidine, warfarin, calcium channel blockers such as diltiazem, verapamil, polymyxin B. It could also react with griseofulvin, phenothiazines like, sulfa drugs such as sulfamethoxazole, glyburide), tetracycline antibiotics like doxycycline, tetracycline), certain “water pills” such as thiazide diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide.

Overdose symptoms of Vertepoorfin may include severely decreased vision which would require immediate medical support.

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