naphazoline ophthalmic (cont.)
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- What is naphazoline ophthalmic (AK-Con, Albalon, Allerest Eye Drops, Clear Eyes, Degest 2, Estivin II, Nafazair, Naphcon, Naphcon Forte, VasoClear, Vasocon)?
- What are the possible side effects of naphazoline ophthalmic?
- What is the most important information I should know about naphazoline ophthalmic?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using naphazoline ophthalmic?
- How should I use naphazoline ophthalmic?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while using naphazoline ophthalmic?
- What other drugs will affect naphazoline ophthalmic?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one as directed. Do not use a double dose of this medication.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of this medication is unlikely to be harmful. If you do suspect an overdose, or if the drops have been ingested (taken by mouth), contact an emergency room or poison control center for advice.
What should I avoid while using naphazoline ophthalmic?
Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.
If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying naphazoline ophthalmic. Ask your doctor if contact lenses can be reinserted after application of the medication. Naphazoline ophthalmic may contain a preservative (benzalkonium chloride), which may cause discoloration of contact lenses.
Do not use naphazoline ophthalmic more often or continuously for longer than 48 to 72 hours without consulting a doctor. Chronic use of this medication may damage the blood vessels (veins and arteries) in the eyes. Consult a doctor if your symptoms do not improve or appear to worsen.
What other drugs will affect naphazoline ophthalmic?
Do not use other eye medications during treatment with naphazoline ophthalmic except under the direction of your doctor.
Although drug interactions between naphazoline ophthalmic and drugs taken by mouth are not expected, they can occur. Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
You may not be able to use naphazoline ophthalmic, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with naphazoline ophthalmic. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has additional information about naphazoline ophthalmic written for health professionals that you may read.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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