porfimer sodium - injection, Photofrin
GENERIC NAME: PORFIMER SODIUM - INJECTION (POR-fi-mer SO-dee-um)
BRAND NAME(S): Photofrin
USES: This medication is used along with laser light treatment to treat certain esophagus problems (cancer, Barrett's esophagus) and a certain type of lung cancer (endobronchial non-small-cell type). It works by making the cancer cells sensitive to the laser light treatment, causing the cells to die.
HOW TO USE: This medication is given by injection into a vein by a health care professional. Learn all preparation and usage instructions for this product. Follow all instructions for proper mixing with the correct IV fluid. Do not mix porfimer sodium with other medications in the same solution. Shake the product well until dissolved. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Use the medication immediately after mixing. Protect the drug from bright light by covering with foil or a dark sleeve. If you have questions about the preparation or use of this medication, consult the doctor or pharmacist.Avoid getting the medication in the eyes or on the skin while preparing or using this medication. It may cause the eyes/skin to become sensitive to bright light. Tell your doctor immediately if you get the medication in your eyes or on your skin.The dosage is based on your weight. This medication is usually given 2 days (40 to 50 hours) before the laser light treatment or as directed by your doctor. Extra laser light treatments may be given as directed by your doctor.Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
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