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boric acid (ophthalmic) (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking boric acid ophthalmic (Collyrium Fresh)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to boric acid.

Avoid using this medication if you have any open wound or other skin injury around your eyes.

Boric acid is a weak antibiotic and should not be used to treat any type of infection without the advice of a doctor. There are many other, more effective antibiotics available.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

How should I take boric acid ophthalmic (Collyrium Fresh)?

Use this medication as directed on the label, or as your doctor has prescribed. Do not use the medication in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Boric acid is usually given using an eye cup.

Use only a clean or sterile eye cup. Avoid touching the rim of the eye cup with your fingers while you are using it.

It may be best to use this medicine while standing over a sink or eye wash fountain.

Fill the eye cup about half way with boric acid ophthalmic solution. Bend your head forward and bring the cup to your eye. Press it tightly to your face around the eye. Then tilt your head back and open your eye wide.

Move the eye around in all directions to allow the boric acid to cleanse the eyeball thoroughly.

While still pressing the cup to your eye, bend forward over a sink. Remove the eye cup from your face and empty it into the sink. Allow any remaining boric acid solution to drain from your eye into the sink.

Repeat this procedure with your other eye if needed.

After using this medication, pat the skin dry around your eye using a clean tissue or towel. Do not rub your eyelids with the tissue or towel, or apply it directly to your eye.

Store boric acid ophthalmic at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Keep boric acid ophthalmic solution in its sealed container until you are ready to use it.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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