What is this medicine?
RANIBIZUMAB (RA ni BIZ oo mab) is an injectable medicine for the eye. It is used to treat wet macular degeneration and macular edema. This medicine helps to slow the disease and may help to maintain vision. It is not a cure.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is injected into the eye. It is given by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) who specializes in this treatment.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in vision
eye that is red, sensitive to light, or painful
problems with balance, talking, or walking
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
body aches, pains
runny or stuffy nose
What may interact with this medicine?
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
prior eye procedure or surgery
an unusual or allergic reaction to ranibizumab, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Regular eye exams will be needed while you are being treated with this medicine.