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Brand names: Lucentis

Why is Ranibizumab prescribed?

Lucentis is used to treat neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Wet AMD causes central vision loss, which is the center area of what you see.

Most important fact about Ranibizumab

Injections into the eye (intravitreal), such as Lucentis, may cause an inflammation of the tissues in the eye (endophthalmitis), or detachment of your retina.

How should you take Ranibizumab ?

Lucentis will be injected into your eye once a month by your doctor.

  • If you miss a dose...If for some reason you cannot make monthly appointments for Lucentis injections, talk to your doctor about reducing the frequency of injections from monthly to every 3 months. This can only happen after the first 4 injections have been given on a monthly basis.

What side effects may occur?

Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Ranibizumab .

  • Side effects may include:Achy joints, back pain, bleeding in the eye, bronchitis, constipation, cough, dizziness, dry eye(s), eye irritation, eye pain, flu-symptoms, headache, inflammation of the eye, inflammation of the nose and throat, itchy eye(s), nausea, raised blood pressure, sinus infection, urinary tract infection, vitreous floaters

Why should Ranibizumab not be prescribed?

Do not take Lucentis if you have an eye infection, or you are allergic to one of its ingredients.

Special warnings about Ranibizumab

Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking to avoid a possible interaction with Lucentis. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are experiencing an eye infection.

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

The effects of Lucentis during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Talk with your doctor before taking Ranibizumab if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

Recommended dosage for Ranibizumab


Your doctor will determine the proper dosage. The injection is usually given once a month. Although it may be less effective, treatment may be reduced to 1 injection every 3 months after the first 4 injections.


Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

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