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verteporfin - injection, Visudyne (cont.)

PRECAUTIONS: Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to verteporfin; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a certain metabolic disorder (porphyria).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease.This medication will make you 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. Wear protective clothing and dark sunglasses when outdoors. Sunscreens will not provide protection.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication. It is recommended that you avoid surgery/dental procedures for at least 5 days after receiving a dose of this medication.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This medication passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: antioxidants (e.g., beta carotene, mannitol, dimethylsulfoxide-DMSO), "blood thinners" (e.g., aspirin, ticlopidine, warfarin), calcium channel blockers (e.g., diltiazem, verapamil), polymyxin B.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you take any medicine that may make you more sensitive to light, especially: griseofulvin, phenothiazines (e.g., chlorpromazine), sulfa drugs (e.g., sulfamethoxazole, glyburide), tetracycline antibiotics (e.g., doxycycline, tetracycline), certain "water pills" (e.g., thiazide diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide).This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.



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