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What should I know about verteporfin injection?

People who have porphyria or allergies to the ingredients in verteporfin injection should not use it. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should talk to their doctor about the risks associated with using verteporfin injection before using it; parents of children with relevant eye problems should do the same. Certain drugs, including thiazide diuretics, calcium channel blockers, tetracyclines, grisefulvin, sulfonylureas, sulfonamides, phenothiazines, anticoagulants, mannitol, aspirin, formate, beta-carotene, and dimethyl sulfoxide, may change how verteporfin works, so talk to your doctor about your current medications before your injection. People who use verteporfin may experience blurry or altered vision; avoid alcohol unless your doctor approves. Wait five days before exposing eyes to bright lights, surgery or dental appointments, as verteporfin causes light sensitivity and affects your body's clotting abilities. Lastly, before getting a verteporfin injection, talk to your doctor about any conditions or treatments you have or have had—especially current radiation therapy and liver, gallbladder or bile duct problems, known allergies, current medications and supplements.

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