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Viroptic Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is trifluridine ophthalmic (Viroptic)?
- What are the possible side effects of trifluridine ophthalmic (Viroptic)?
- What is the most important information I should know about trifluridine ophthalmic (Viroptic)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using trifluridine ophthalmic (Viroptic)?
- How should I use trifluridine ophthalmic (Viroptic)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Viroptic)?
- What happens if I overdose (Viroptic)?
- What should I avoid while taking trifluridine ophthalmic (Viroptic)?
- What other drugs will affect trifluridine ophthalmic (Viroptic)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using trifluridine ophthalmic (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 (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:
- Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid. Hold the dropper above the eye with the dropper tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye. Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
- 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.
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.
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