Aflibercept belongs to the class of medications called antineovascularization agents. These medications work by preventing the growth of new blood vessels. It is used to treat neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a deterioration of the macula, a part of the eye that is responsible for sharp, detailed vision. “Wet” AMD occurs when new blood vessels grow around and behind the macula. Aflibercept works by preventing the growth of these new blood vessels in the eye.
This medication is also used to treat visual impairment due to macular edema (swelling) caused by diabetic macular edema, macular edema caused by vein occlusion in the central retinal vein or one or more of the main branches of the retinal vein, and myopic choroidal neovascularization (a severe form of near sightedness).
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.