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Brand Names: Visine L.R., Visine Long Lasting

Generic Name: oxymetazoline ophthalmic (Pronunciation: OX i me TAZ oh leen off THAL mik)

What is oxymetazoline ophthalmic (Visine L.R., Visine Long Lasting)?

Oxymetazoline ophthalmic is a vasoconstrictor. It works by narrowing blood vessels in the eyes.

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

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

What are the possible side effects of oxymetazoline ophthalmic (Visine L.R., Visine Long Lasting)?

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.

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

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning or stinging of the eye;
  • eye redness or tearing, blurred vision;
  • headache;
  • nausea;
  • sweating;
  • feeling nervous or shaky;
  • dizziness; or
  • drowsiness.

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 oxymetazoline ophthalmic (Visine L.R., Visine Long Lasting)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to it. Do not use oxymetazoline ophthalmic without your doctor's advice if you have glaucoma.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medication if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, or a thyroid disorder.

Do not use oxymetazoline ophthalmic for longer than 3 days in a row without a doctor's advice. Call your doctor if your eye symptoms do not improve or if they get worse while using this oxymetazoline ophthalmic..

Do not use this medication while you are wearing contact lenses. Oxymetazoline ophthalmic may contain a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using oxymetazoline ophthalmic before putting your contact lenses in.

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 the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.

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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