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Vira-A Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Vira-A

Generic Name: vidarabine ophthalmic (Pronunciation: vye DARE a been)

What is vidarabine ophthalmic (Vira-A)?

Vidarabine is an antiviral medication. The exact way that vidarabine works against viruses in the eye is unknown.

Vidarabine ophthalmic is used to treat eye infections caused by the herpes virus.

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

What are the possible side effects of vidarabine ophthalmic (Vira-A)?

Serious side effects are not expected to occur with the use of this medication.

Commonly, some burning, stinging, pain, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, tearing, or sensitivity to light may occur. Continue to use vidarabine and talk to your doctor about any side effects that you experience.

Read the Vira-A (vidarabine) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about vidarabine ophthalmic (Vira-A)?

Contact your doctor if your symptoms begin to get worse or if you do not see any improvement after a few days.

Do not touch the tube opening to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The tube opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.

Vidarabine ophthalmic may increase eye sensitivity to bright light. Wear sunglasses to prevent irritation.

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