Eylea Warnings and Precautions
If you have an eye infection or certain allergies, you should not use Eylea. Safety precautions also include warnings of potential problems that may occur while using this drug, including an increased risk of pressure inside the eye, retinal detachment, or strokes. To ensure a safe treatment, talk to your healthcare provider about other potential risks with this eye medicine.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to receiving Eylea™ (aflibercept) if you have:
- An infection in or around the eyes
- A history of a blood clot or stroke
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Warnings and Precautions With EyleaSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this medicine include the following:
- Sometimes, Eylea injections can cause a temporary increase in the pressure inside the eye. Your healthcare provider should monitor your eyes immediately after each injection to make sure the pressure in your eye is not too high.
- As with any injection into the eye, Eylea can cause retinal detachment or other eye problems, although these are rare. Retinal detachment is very serious and can lead to blindness.
- Theoretically, this drug could increase the risk for blood clots or strokes. Talk with your healthcare provider about this risk, especially if you have a history of a blood clot or stroke.
- Eylea is unlikely to react with other medications (see Eylea Drug Interactions).
- This product is a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this drug when pregnant (see Eylea and Pregnancy).
- It is not known if Eylea passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to receiving the drug (see Eylea and Breastfeeding).