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tetrahydrozoline and zinc ophthalmic (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using tetrahydrozoline and zinc ophthalmic (Irritation & Redness Relief, Visine A.C., Visine Multi-Symptom Relief)?

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

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

It is not known whether tetrahydrozoline and zinc is harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without medical advice if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether tetrahydrozoline and zinc 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.

How should I use tetrahydrozoline and zinc ophthalmic (Irritation & Redness Relief, Visine A.C., Visine Multi-Symptom Relief)?

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

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.

Wash your hands before using the eye drops.

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 dropper 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.
  • 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 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.

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

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

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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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