Relieving symptoms of some cancers and treating certain other cancers and tumors. It is used in combination with laser light therapy.
Photofrin is an antineoplastic. It works by binding to cancer cells that are then exposed to laser light, which damages and sometimes kills the cancer cells.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Photofrin . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Photofrin . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Photofrin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Use Photofrin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Photofrin .
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Anxiety; appetite loss; belching; confusion; constipation; diarrhea; fever; headache; hiccups; indigestion; nausea; oral infection; swelling of the hands and feet; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weight loss.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); back pain; burns or blisters on the skin; changes in vision; chest pain; chills; coughing; dark, bloody stools; dehydration; depression; difficulty swallowing; fast heartbeat; irregular heartbeat; lightheadedness; pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site; pneumonia; shortness of breath; slow or difficult breathing; throat, stomach, or abdominal pain; tightness in the chest; weakness; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. If it is determined that too much of Photofrin was given, you should protect your eyes and skin from direct sunlight or bright indoor light for 30 days. Laser treatments should not be given if you have received too much of Photofrin . Too much laser light following overdosage of Photofrin could lead to increased symptoms and life-threatening difficulty breathing.Proper storage of Photofrin :
Photofrin is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. Store the vial of dry powder at room temperature, 68 to 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C). Keep Photofrin out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Photofrin . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.