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Brand Names: AK-Con, Albalon, Allersol, Clear Eyes, Clear Eyes + Redness Relief, Naphcon, Redness Relief Eye Drops, Vasocon

Generic Name: naphazoline ophthalmic (Pronunciation: na FAZ oh leen off THAL mik)

What is naphazoline ophthalmic (AK-Con, Albalon, Allersol, Clear Eyes, Clear Eyes + Redness Relief, Naphcon, Redness Relief Eye Drops, Vasocon)?

Naphazoline causes constriction of blood vessels in the eyes. It also decreases itching and irritation of the eyes.

Naphazoline ophthalmic (for the eye) is used to relieve redness, burning, irritation, and dryness of the eye caused by wind, sun, and other minor irritants.

Naphazoline ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of naphazoline ophthalmic?

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.

Although the risk of serious side effects is low when naphazoline ophthalmic is used in the eyes, side effects can occur if the medication is absorbed into your bloodstream.

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

  • severe headache, buzzing in your ears;
  • anxiety, dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, nervousness;
  • nausea, cold feeling; or
  • uneven heartbeats.

Also call your doctor if you have eye pain, vision changes, or worsening symptoms after using this medication.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning or irritation after applying the eye drops;
  • watery eyes; or
  • blurred vision, dilated pupils.

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 naphazoline ophthalmic?

You should not use naphazoline ophthalmic if you are allergic to it. Do not use this medication without a doctor's advice if you have narrow angle glaucoma.

Do not use naphazoline ophthalmic if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days.

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

Do not use naphazoline ophthalmic more often or continuously for longer than 48 to 72 hours without a doctor's advice. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 days of treatment, or if they get worse.

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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