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Trifluridine ophthalmic
TRIFLURIDINE EYE DROPS

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

TRIFLURIDINE EYE DROPS

(try-FLEWR-ih-deen)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Viroptic

Uses

This medication is used to treat herpes virus infections of the eye(s).

How To Use

Use this medication in the eye(s) as directed. To avoid a reoccurrence of infection, finish the prescribed treatment, even if the eye looks normal. Do not continue using this for longer than prescribed. Apply eye drops to the affected eye(s) as follows: Wash hands first. To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface. Tilt your head back, gaze upward and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Place dropper directly over eye and administer the prescribed number of drops. Look downward and gently close your eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Place one finger at the corner of the eye near the nose and apply gentle pressure. This will prevent the medication from draining away from the eye. Try not to blink and do not rub the eye. Do not rinse the dropper. Replace cap after use. If you are using another kind of eye drop, wait at least five minutes before applying other medications.

Side Effects

This medication may temporarily sting or burn your eyes when first applied. If the irritation continues or becomes bothersome or the condition for which this was prescribed does not improve within seven days, inform your doctor. Vision may be temporarily unstable for a few minutes after applying this. Use caution if driving or performing duties requiring clear vision. Unlikely but if vision problems persist, notify you doctor Notify your doctor if you develop a skin rash, itching, eye pain or redness in or around the eyes while using this. This may indicate an allergic reaction. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have: other eye problems (including glaucoma or cataracts), infections, any allergies. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unlikely this drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any nonprescription or prescription medication you use, especially of: other eye medications. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

Notes

It is best to avoid wearing contact lenses while using this medication.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered; do not use it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Tightly replace cap after each use. Store in the refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 to 8 degrees C). Discard this if the solution is not clear or colorless.