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naphazoline ophthalmic (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using naphazoline ophthalmic?

You should not use naphazoline ophthalmic if you are allergic to it. Do not use this medication without a doctor's advice if you have narrow angle glaucoma.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have:

Do not use naphazoline ophthalmic if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether naphazoline ophthalmic will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether naphazoline ophthalmic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.

How should I use naphazoline ophthalmic?

Use naphazoline eye drops exactly as directed by your doctor, or follow the directions that accompany the package. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse to explain them to you.

Wash your hands before using eye medication.

To apply the eye drops:

  • Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye.
  • Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.
  • Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
  • If you use more than one drop in the same eye, wait about 5 minutes before putting in the next drop.
  • Also wait at least 10 minutes before using any other eye drops that your doctor has prescribed.

Do not allow the tip of the dropper to touch any surface, including your eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.

Do not use naphazoline ophthalmic more often or continuously for longer than 48 to 72 hours without a doctor's advice. Chronic use of this medication may damage the blood vessels (veins and arteries) in the eyes. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 days of treatment, or if they get worse.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

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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