Visudyne (Verteporfin) and/or equivalents
Visudyne Vial 15mgSource Country: Turkey
Shipped From: Turkey Manufacturer: Novartis
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- This item requires a prescription from your doctor
Description of Visudyne
Visudyne is an eye medication with the generic name verteporfin. This medication enhances photosensitivity of the eye by affecting certain blood vessels in the eye. You can buy Visudyne as part of photodynamic laser therapy. This therapy is used for the treatment of certain eye blood vessel disorders that occur as a result of eye disease like macular degeneration. Your doctor may prescribe Visudyne for other medical purposes as well.
Indications & Dosage of Visudyne
Visudyne is available as an injectable green cake contained in a vial. Each vial is for single use only, and the cake contains Visudyne 15mg. This medicine is intravenously injected, so you would be given this medication only in a hospital or clinic setting. Visudyne is given via a slow IV infusion, with the process lasting for 10 minutes.
During the IV infusion, you must inform your caregiver if you suffer from any swelling, pain or burning around the area where Visudyne is being injected. The laser therapy would begin within 15 minutes from the start of IV infusion.
Side Effects & Interactions of Visudyne
Visudyne is known to cause certain severe side effects, although they occur rarely. If they do occur, then you need to inform your doctor about them immediately. Some of these severe side effects are given below:
- Severe reduction in vision
- Severe and sudden pain
- Chest pain
- Tingling sensation or warmth under the skin
- Eye pain
- Seeing halos around lights
- Severe discoloration or redness of the eyes
Visudyne may also cause mild side effects, like those given below:
- Slight vision changes, flashes of light
- Itching, swelling or redness of eyelids
- Dry eyes
- Weakness, tiredness
- Nausea, constipation
- Mild rashes or itching of skin
- Bleeding, swelling, itching or pain in the area where Visudyne was administered
- Sore throat, fever, body ache and other flu symptoms
- Joint pain, muscle weakness
Visudyne is known to interact with a number of medications. You must inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs:
- Calcium channel blockers
- Antibiotic medicines
- Medicines for treating mental illnesses
- Blood clot prevention drugs
- Sulfa drugs
- Diuretic pills
- Birth control pills
- Oral diabetes drugs
- Polymyxin B
- Dimethyl Sulfoxide
Warnings & Precautions of Visudyne
You must not buy Visudyne if you have suffered from an allergy to verteporfin, or if you suffer from porphyria. Your doctor must be aware of your medical history, especially if you suffer from gallbladder or liver disease or if you are currently undergoing radiation therapy.
Visudyne increases your eyes’ sensitivity to light. Therefore, you need to take extra care of your eyes for at least 5 days after you use Visudyne. You must adequately protect your eyes as well as skin from exposure to bright indoor lights and sunlight. The adequate protection required would include dark sunglasses and wearing appropriate protective clothing. A sunscreen lotion may not be as effective after you have been administered Visudyne. You may consult your doctor about the appropriate methods of sunlight protection you need to follow during this phase.