Brand Names : Photofrin
Before Receiving This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of using the medicine must be
weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor
will make. For porfimer, the following should be considered:
Allergies - Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or
allergic reaction to porfimer. Also tell your health care professional if
you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or
Pregnancy - Porfimer has not been studied in humans. However,
it has caused harm to the fetus in animals. It is best to use some kind of
birth control while you are receiving porfimer. Tell your doctor right away
if you think you have become pregnant while receiving this medicine.
Breast-feeding - It is not known whether porfimer passes into breast
milk. However, because this medicine may cause serious side effects, breast-feeding
is generally not recommended while you are receiving it.
Children - There is no specific information comparing use of
porfimer in children with use in other age groups.
Older adults - Porfimer has been studied in elderly patients. It
has not been shown to cause different side effects or problems in older people
than it does in younger adults.
Other medicines - Although certain medicines should not be used
together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together
even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to
change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are being
treated with porfimer, it is important that your health care professional
know if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter
Other medical problems - The presence of other medical
problems may affect the use of porfimer. Make sure you tell your doctor if
you have any other medical problems, especially: