Aflibercept

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Pronounced

"a-FLIB-er-sept"

Common brand names:

Eylea

Uses

Aflibercept is used to treat certain serious eye conditions (wet age-related macular degeneration - wet AMD, macular edema following central retinal vein occlusion). This medication can help preserve vision and prevent blindness. Aflibercept belongs to a class of drugs known as growth factor inhibitors. It works by slowing the growth of abnormal new blood vessels in the eye and decreasing leakage from these blood vessels.

How to Use This Medication

This medication is prepared and given by injection into the affected eye(s) by a health care professional. The affected eye is numbed before each injection. After the injection, you will remain in the doctor's office for a while, and your eye(s) and vision will be monitored.

For wet AMD, this medication is usually given once a month for the first three months and then given once every two months.

For macular edema following central retinal vein occlusion, this medication is usually given once a month.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

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