Two studies have evaluated Macugen for the treatment of wet macular degeneration. These studies compared injections of the drug to "placebo" injections (which contained no active ingredient). These studies showed that Macugen slowed vision loss, especially during the first year of treatment. During the second year of treatment, the drug continued to slow down the rate of vision loss, although it was less effective than during the first year.
General considerations for when and how to take Macugen include the following:
- The medication is injected into the eye every six weeks by your healthcare provider.
- Your eye(s) will be numbed before the injection. While you should feel no pain, you may feel a little pressure.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Macugen will not work if you stop taking it.
The dose of Macugen your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to the drug
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Macugen Dosage for more information.)