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Eylea

Aflibercept

AFLIBERCEPT is an injectable medicine for the eye. It is used to treat wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and macular edema, including diabetic macular edema. This drug is also used to treat diabetic retinopathy in patients with diabetic macular edema. This medicine helps to slow the disease and may help to maintain vision. It is not a cure. Compare VEGF antibodies.
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Eylea Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

If you are a woman, use effective birth control before your first dose, during your treatment, and for at least 3 months after your last dose.

Tell your doctor or health care professional right away if you have any change in your eyesight. This medicine may cause temporary blurred vision. Do not drive or use machinery until your vision has returned to normal.

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Common and Rare Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Blindness

bloody eye

blurred vision

eye or eyelid redness

eye pain

seeing flashes, sparks of light, or a veil or curtain

seeing floating spots before the eyes

vision changes

Less common

Bleeding or pain at the injection site

swelling of the eyelid

Rare

Fast heartbeat

fever

headache

hives, itching, rash, or skin redness

hoarseness

joint pain, stiffness, or swelling

swelling of the face, lips, hands, or feet

troubled breathing or swallowing

Incidence not known

Pain in the chest, groin, or legs, especially the calves

severe, sudden headache

slurred speech

sudden loss of coordination

sudden, severe weakness or numbness in the arm or leg

sudden, unexplained shortness of breath

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common

Feeling like something is in the eye

watery eyes

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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