Lucentis is injected into the eye. In most cases, an injection is given once a month. However, some people may not need injections as frequently. After each injection (which is typically 0.5 mg), your healthcare provider will observe you for a while to make sure you do not develop any serious side effects. You must maintain a regular Lucentis dosing schedule to ensure effectiveness of the medicine.
The dose of Lucentis® (ranibizumab) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The condition being treated
- How you respond to Lucentis
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your Lucentis dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Lucentis Dosage for Wet Macular Degeneration or RVO Macular Edema
The recommended dose of Lucentis for the treatment of wet macular degeneration or for the treatment of macular edema due to retinal vein occlusion (RVO) is 0.5 mg, injected into the eye once a month (about every 28 days). If only one of your eyes has macular degeneration, you will receive a dose just in that eye. If both your eyes are affected, you will receive a dose in each eye.
In studies, people who received injections once a month had more vision improvement, compared to people who received injections less often. However, there may be certain situations in which your healthcare provider recommends using the injections less frequently than once a month. In these situations, after the first four once-a-month doses, doses are usually given once every three months.