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Viroptic Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 1/3/2016

Viroptic (trifluridine) Solution is an antiviral medication used to treat eye infections caused by certain viruses. Viroptic Solution is available in generic form. Common side effects of Viroptic Solution include eye pain, burning, stinging, itching, redness, irritation, blurred vision, and feeling pressure inside the eye. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that requires you to be able to see clearly while taking Virotptic.

The recommended dosage schedule of Viroptic is one drop onto the cornea of the affected eye every 2 hours, not to exceed 9 drops in a single day until the condition improves. After that you may need to keep taking Viroptic 4 times per day for the next 7 days. There are no known drugs that interact with Viroptic. Tell your doctor about all medications you use or if you wear contact lenses. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding only take Viroptic if clearly needed.

Our Viroptic (trifluridine) Solution Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

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.

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Viroptic in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

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

Stop using trifluridine ophthalmic and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • severe swelling around your eyes;
  • tunnel vision; or
  • severe pain, burning, or other irritation of your eyes.

Keep using the medication and talk to your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:

  • mild eye pain, burning, stinging, itching, or redness;
  • blurred vision; or
  • feeling of pressure inside the eye.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Viroptic (Trifluridine)

What is Patient Information Overview?

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Viroptic Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects

SIDE EFFECTS: Temporary mild burning, stinging, and irritation may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: swelling eyelids, eye pain/redness, feeling as if something is in the eye, persistent blurred vision.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Read the entire patient information overview for Viroptic (Trifluridine)

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Viroptic FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


The most frequent adverse reactions reported during controlled clinical trials were mild, transient burning or stinging upon instillation (4.6%) and palpebral edema (2.8%). Other adverse reactions in decreasing order of reported frequency were superficial punctate keratopathy, epithelial keratopathy, hypersensitivity reaction, stromal edema, irritation, keratitis sicca, hyperemia, and increased intraocular pressure.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Viroptic (Trifluridine)

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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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