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What should I know about pegaptanib before taking it?

Before taking Pegaptanib (Macugen) you should know that this liquid medication is injected into your eye to treat an eye disease called wet age-related macular degeneration. The drug can cause a variety of side effects, including discharge or drainage from the eyes or changes in vision (blurry vision, light sensitivity, or seeing floaters or flashes of light). If you experience these symptoms seek immediate medical attention. You may need to shield your eyes from harsh light and conduct at-home vision tests while you are taking pegaptanib.

You should not take pegaptanib if you have experienced an allergic reaction to it. Also, tell your doctor if you have a history of high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, or diabetes.

Pegaptanib may interact with other medicines and supplements. Make sure your doctor knows about all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications you take.

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