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In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of porfimer injection in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of porfimer injection in the elderly.
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||Animal studies have shown an adverse effect and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women OR no animal studies have been conducted and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women.
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
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. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other Medical Problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Heart or blood vessel disease or
Prolonged immobilization (cannot move for a long time) or
Surgery, recent—May increase risk for more serious side effects.
Esophageal ulcers or
Porphyria (a problem with enzymes in your body) or
Tracheoesophageal or bronchoesophageal fistula (opening between the esophagus and breathing airways) or
Tumors or lesions that obstruct blood vessels or breathing airways or
Varices (swollen veins) in the esophagus or stomach—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
Kidney disease or
Liver disease—Use with caution. The effects may be increased because of slower removal of this medicine from the body.
Radiation therapy—You will need to wait 2 to 4 weeks between phototherapy and radiation therapy.
Sensitivity of the skin or eyes to sunlight or bright lights—Use with caution. May make this condition worse.