Medications for Macular Degeneration
There are two types of age-related macular degeneration (AMD): dry and wet (the wet form is also called neovascular AMD). Treatment options for dry AMD include the AREDS2 supplement to slow the progression of AMD, pegcetacoplan (Syfovre) and avacincaptad pegol (Izervay). Treatment options for Wet AMD include brolucizumab-dbll (Beovu), aflibercept (Eylea and Eylea HD), ranibizumab (Lucentis), faricimab-svoa (Vabysmo), Avastin (off-label), photodynamic therapy, and laser surgery.
- Dry AMD:
- Wet AMD:
Contact your eye care provider promptly at any sign of visual changes.
Drugs used to treat Macular Degeneration
The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.
Frequently asked questions
- What is the difference between Vabysmo and Eylea?
- Does Mounjaro cause blurry vision?
- What’s the difference between Eylea, Eylea HD, and Avastin?
- What are anti-VEGF drugs (VEGF inhibitors)?
- How long does Eylea or Eylea HD take to work?
- Does Eylea and Eylea HD raise blood pressure?
- When do the Eylea and Eylea HD patents expire?
- What is the difference between Eylea and Eylea HD?
- Does Beovu help with wet AMD?
Topics under Macular Degeneration
- Geographic Atrophy (4 drugs)
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|Prescription or Over-the-counter.
|This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
|An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
|Expanded Access is a potential pathway for a patient with a serious or immediately life-threatening disease or condition to gain access to an investigational medical product (drug, biologic, or medical device) for treatment outside of clinical trials when no comparable or satisfactory alternative therapy options are available.
|Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
|Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
|Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
|There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
|Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
|FDA has not classified the drug.
|Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
|The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
|CSA Schedule is unknown.
|Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
|Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
|Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
|Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
|Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
|Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
|Interacts with Alcohol.
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