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Brand Names: Eppy/N

Generic Name: epinephrine ophthalmic (Pronunciation: ep ih NEF rin)

What is epinephrine ophthalmic (Eppy/N)?

Epinephrine ophthalmic (for the eyes) reduces the amount of fluid in the eye, which decreases pressure inside the eye.

Epinephrine ophthalmic is used to treat glaucoma and is also used during eye surgery.

Epinephrine ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of epinephrine ophthalmic (Eppy/N)?

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

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe stinging or burning in your eyes;
  • fast, pounding, or uneven heart rate;
  • sweating, shaking, feeling like you might pass out; or
  • high blood pressure (severe headache, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning, stinging, or itching of your eyes;
  • blurred vision;
  • watery eyes;
  • eye pain;
  • headache; or
  • pain behind your eyebrows.

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 epinephrine ophthalmic (Eppy/N)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to epinephrine, or if you have narrow-angle glaucoma.

Before using epinephrine ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you have asthma, diabetes, heart disease, circulation problems, high blood pressure, a thyroid disorder, or a history of cataract surgery.

Do not use this medication while wearing contact lenses. Epinephrine ophthalmic may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using epinephrine ophthalmic before putting your contact lenses in.

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.

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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