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Pegaptanib is a medication prescribed for treating "wet" macular degeneration, a serious eye condition that is associated with aging. The drug can slow down vision loss and macular damage by preventing abnormal blood vessel growth in the back of the eye. It is injected into the eye every six weeks by a healthcare provider. Common side effects include eye pain, blurred vision, and eye redness.

What Is Pegaptanib?

Pegaptanib sodium (Macugen®) is a prescription medication used to treat age-related wet macular degeneration, a condition of the eye that can lead to blindness. Wet macular degeneration (as opposed to dry) is a less common but more damaging form of the disease.
(Click What Is Pegaptanib Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with pegaptanib. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of pegaptanib include but are not limited to:
  • A burning sensation in the eye
  • Eye pain
  • Eye redness
  • Blurred vision.
(Click Side Effects of Pegaptanib to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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