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Brand Names: Irritation & Redness Relief, Visine A.C., Visine Multi-Symptom Relief

Generic Name: tetrahydrozoline and zinc ophthalmic (Pronunciation: TET ra hye DROZ oh leen and ZINK off THAL mik)

What is tetrahydrozoline and zinc ophthalmic (Irritation & Redness Relief, Visine A.C., Visine Multi-Symptom Relief)?

Tetrahydrozoline causes constriction (narrowing) of blood vessels in the eyes. It also decreases itching and irritation of the eyes.

Zinc is used as an astringent to gently clear proteins and mucus from the outer surface of the eye.

The combination of tetrahydrozoline and zinc ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to relieve eye redness, burning, irritation, and itching caused by airborne irritants such as pollen, dust, and ragweed.

Tetrahydrozoline and zinc ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of tetrahydrozoline and zinc ophthalmic (Irritation & Redness Relief, Visine A.C., Visine Multi-Symptom Relief)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe burning, stinging, or other irritation after using the eye drops;
  • eye pain;
  • vision changes;
  • worsening eye redness or irritation; or
  • dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • slight tingling in the eyes;
  • tearing or blurred vision; or
  • temporarily blurred vision.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about tetrahydrozoline and zinc ophthalmic (Irritation & Redness Relief, Visine A.C., Visine Multi-Symptom Relief)?

Do not allow the dropper tip to touch any surface, including the 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 this medication while wearing contact lenses. Tetrahydrozoline and zinc ophthalmic may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using tetrahydrozoline and zinc ophthalmic before putting your contact lenses in.

Do not use this medication for longer than 72 hours in a row without a doctor's advice. Long-term use of tetrahydrozoline and zinc ophthalmic could damage the blood vessels in your eyes. Contact your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse while using this medication.

If you have glaucoma, do not use tetrahydrozoline and zinc ophthalmic without medical advice.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor if you have severe burning, stinging, eye pain, or other irritation after using the eye drops, or if you have vision changes, worsening eye redness or irritation, or dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).



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