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    My dad has to get an injection in an eye every two months or so. His doc is suggesting change to a drug called Iyelea (not sure of spelling).

    Allegedly the use of this drug will hopefully reduce injections to every three months at some point in the future. But from I heard this drug can cause sudden blindness, costs six times more than the current drug being used and the manufacturer wants income info from the patient. And may even have caused death?! Do any of these sound right to you?

    Why would the drug company want income info from the patient? The possibility of sudden blindness, even death is frightful.

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    Re: Medical News

    Quote Originally Posted by Glowpun View Post
    My dad has to get an injection in an eye every two months or so. His doc is suggesting change to a drug called Iyelea (not sure of spelling).

    Allegedly the use of this drug will hopefully reduce injections to every three months at some point in the future. But from I heard this drug can cause sudden blindness, costs six times more than the current drug being used and the manufacturer wants income info from the patient. And may even have caused death?! Do any of these sound right to you?

    Why would the drug company want income info from the patient? The possibility of sudden blindness, even death is frightful.
    The wanting to know his income might be to help him pay for the new drug. a retired friend of mine would be paying $2000 a month for a drug he takes, instead because he's retired and on a fixed income and doesn't make much he pays about $200. The drug company, his prescription insurance, the state all pitch in to lower the cost.

    The side effects/dangers are with any drugs. I'm betting the old drug had a list of dangers as long as your arm too. I think they give all the dangers, etc. to legally protect their butts.
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    Re: Medical News

    Quote Originally Posted by SenorXm/Sirius View Post
    The wanting to know his income might be to help him pay for the new drug. a retired friend of mine would be paying $2000 a month for a drug he takes, instead because he's retired and on a fixed income and doesn't make much he pays about $200. The drug company, his prescription insurance, the state all pitch in to lower the cost.

    The side effects/dangers are with any drugs. I'm betting the old drug had a list of dangers as long as your arm too. I think they give all the dangers, etc. to legally protect their butts.
    The alternate drug is called Avastin. It's a cancer drug that is used for eye injection but at a very low dose.

    BTW: Where can one go to find about the side effects of any drug? With Avastin no info was found it could cause sudden blindness or even death.

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    Re: Medical News

    Quote Originally Posted by Glowpun View Post
    The alternate drug is called Avastin. It's a cancer drug that is used for eye injection but at a very low dose.

    BTW: Where can one go to find about the side effects of any drug? With Avastin no info was found it could cause sudden blindness or even death.
    Google...

    Here's some info from Drug.com

    What is Avastin?
    Avastin (bevacizumab) is a cancer medicine that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.

    Avastin is used to treat a certain type of brain tumor, and certain types of cancers of the kidney, lung, colon, rectum, cervix, ovary, or fallopian tube.

    Avastin is also used to treat cancer of the membrane lining the internal organs in your abdomen. It is usually given as part of a combination of cancer medicines.

    Important Information
    Avastin can make it easier for you to bleed. Seek emergency medical attention if you have any bleeding that will not stop. You may also have bleeding on the inside of your body.

    Call your doctor if you have: signs of bleeding in your digestive tract--feeling very weak or dizzy, severe stomach pain, black or bloody stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; or signs of bleeding in the brain--sudden numbness or weakness, slurred speech, severe headache, problems with vision or balance.

    Avastin can also cause problems with wound healing, which could result in bleeding or infection. Do not use Avastin within 28 days before or after a planned surgery.

    Bevacizumab can cause a rare but serious neurologic disorder affecting the brain. Symptoms include headache, confusion, vision problems, feeling very weak or tired, fainting, and seizure (blackout or convulsions). These rare symptoms may occur within hours of your first dose of Avastin, or they may not appear for up to a year after your treatment started. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these side effects.

    Some people receiving an Avastin injection have had a reaction to the infusion (when the medicine is injected into the vein). Tell your caregiver right away if you feel dizzy, nauseated, light-headed, sweaty, itchy, or have a fast heartbeat, chills, wheezing, or chest pain during the injection.

    Before taking this medicine
    You should not use Avastin if you are allergic to bevacizumab, or:

    if you have slow healing of a skin wound or surgical incision;

    if you have had surgery within the past 4 weeks (28 days);

    if you have recently been coughing up blood; or

    if you plan to have surgery within the next 4 weeks (28 days).

    Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

    heart disease, high blood pressure;

    a heart attack, stroke, or blood clots;

    a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder; or

    stomach or intestinal bleeding, or perforation (a hole or tear) in your esophagus, stomach, or intestines.

    Avastin (bevacizumab) Uses, Dosage, Side Effects - Drugs.com

    Avastin Side Effects: Common, Severe, Long Term - Drugs.com

    Avastin Prices, Coupons & Patient Assistance Programs - Drugs.com
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