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What should I know about verteporfin before taking it?

Before taking verteporfin (Visudyne) you should know that your eyes and skin will be extremely light sensitive for about a week and you will need to wear sunglasses and cover your skin while outside or in bright indoor light (particularly, halogen or fluorescent lighting). People with porphyria and pregnant women should not take verteporfin, and those who have liver or gallbladder disease or are undergoing radiation treatments may need extra monitoring while on this medication.

Verteporfin interacts with a variety of drugs including, oral diabetes medications, birth control pills, diuretics, sulfa drugs, blood thinners, antipsychotics, antibiotics, tetracyclines, calcium channel blockers, griseofulvin, dimethyl sulfoxide, and polymyxin B. You should tell your doctor about all prescription and over-the-counter medications you are using before you take verteporfin.

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