trifluridine ophthalmic (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using trifluridine ophthalmic (Trifluridine, Viroptic)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to trifluridine. This medication will not treat an infection that is caused by bacteria or fungus.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether trifluridine 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 use this medication in a child younger than 6 years old.
How should I use trifluridine ophthalmic (Trifluridine, Viroptic)?
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.
The usual dose of trifluridine ophthalmic is one drop into the affected eye every 2 hours while you are awake. Do not use more than 9 drops in the course of one full day.
Once your condition improves, you may need to keep using the medication 4 times daily (up to 5 drops per day) for another 7 days. Your doctor should check your eyes to determine how long you need to use the medicine.
Wash your hands before using the eye drops.
If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying trifluridine ophthalmic. Ask your doctor if contact lenses can be reinserted after putting in the eye drops.
To apply the eye drops:
Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it.
Contact your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse after using this medication for 7 days.
Store the eye drops at room temperature away from heat and moisture. 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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