Ophthalmic cenegermin-bkbj is used to treat neurotrophic keratitis (a degenerative eye disease that can lead to damage of the cornea [the outermost layer of the eye]).
Cenegermin-bkbj is in a class of medications called recombinant human nerve growth factors. It works to heal the cornea.
Side Effects Of Cenegermin-bkbj Ophthalmic
Cenegermin-bkbj ophthalmic may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- eye pain
- redness or swelling of the eye
- increased eye tearing
- feeling that something is in the eye
Cenegermin-bkbj may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while using this medication.
Warnings & Precautions
Before using cenegermin-bkbj ophthalmic:
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to cenegermin-bkbj, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in cenegermin-bkbj ophthalmic. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Talk to your doctor first before using any other medications that are placed in the eye.
- if you are using another eye drop, use it at least 15 minutes before or after you instill cenegermin-bkbj eye drops. If you are using an eye ointment, gel, or other viscous (thick, sticky liquid) eye drop, use it at least 15 minutes after you instill cenegermin-bkbj eye drops.
- tell your doctor if you have an eye infection or if you develop one during your treatment with cenegermin-bkbj ophthalmic.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using cenegermin-bkbj, call your doctor.
- you should know that your vision may be blurry for a short amount of time after using cenegermin-bkbj ophthalmic. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until your vision returns to normal.
- you should know that cenegermin-bkbj eye drops should not be instilled while wearing contact lenses. If you wear contact lenses, remove them before instilling cenegermin-bkbj eye drops and you may put them back in 15 minutes later.
Dosage Of Cenegermin-bkbj Ophthalmic
Ophthalmic cenegermin-bkbj comes as a solution (liquid) to instill in the eye. It is usually instilled in the affected eye(s) six times a day, 2 hours apart, for 8 weeks. Instill cenegermin-bkbj at around the same times every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use cenegermin-bkbj exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Do not shake the medication vial.
Use a new individual pipette for each application in each eye; do not reuse the pipettes.
Dispose of the vial at the end of each day, even if there is liquid remaining. Also, dispose of the vial if it is more than 12 hours since you inserted the adapter into the vial.
Before you use cenegermin-bkbj ophthalmic for the first time, read the manufacturer’s directions for use carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor for a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient.
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
Do not let anyone else use your medication.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
All information has been provided courtesy of MedLinePlus from the National Library of Medicine and from the FDA.