is the brand name for the drug, which is called bevacizumab.
Avastin blocks the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the back of the eye. These
abnormal blood vessels can rupture and leak and affect vision, causing vision
loss from wet AMD and diabetic eye disease.
Avastin was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to
treat different types of cancers. Its
use to treat eye disease is considered an “off-label” use. The FDA approves and
allows “off label” drug use if doctors are well informed about the product and
studies prove the drug is helpful.
What Are the Risks of Avastin
Every treatment can have side effects and its intensity depends from
individual to individual. It is important to understand the risks and benefits of
any treatment you may undergo. Use of Avastin may
cause these problems: