Naphazoline Ophthalmic

Reviewed on 9/3/2021

What Is Naphazoline Ophthalmic Used For and How Does it Work?

Naphazoline ophthalmic is used for temporary relief of eye redness caused by irritation and relief of burning or irritation caused by dry eyes.

Naphazoline ophthalmic is available under the following different brand names: Naphcon, All Clear, All Clear AR, Bausch & Lomb Advanced Eye Relief Redness Instant Relief, Bausch & Lomb Advanced Eye Relief Redness Maximum Relief, Clear Eyes ACR Seasonal Relief, Clear Eyes for Dry Eyes Plus Redness Relief, Clear Eyes for Redness Relief, AKCon, Albalon, and Rohto Cool.

What Are the Dosages of Naphazoline Ophthalmic?

Dosages of Naphazoline Ophthalmic:

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Ophthalmic Solution

  • OTC: 0.012%
  • OTC: 0.02%
  • 0.1%

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Ocular Vasoconstrictor/Decongestant

  • Temporary relief of ocular redness caused by irritation and relief of burning or irritation caused by dry eyes
  • 0.1% solution: 1-2 drops to affected eye every 3-4 hours as needed
  • 0.012% or 0.025% solution: 1-2 drops to the affected eye(s); not to exceed every 6 hours; therapy not to exceed 72 hours of use
  • Safety and efficacy not established in pediatric patients

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What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Naphazoline Ophthalmic?

Side effects of Naphazoline Ophthalmic may include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Mild temporary stinging and/or irritation
  • Dilated pupils
  • Increased or decreased intraocular pressure
  • Headache

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Naphazoline Ophthalmic?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.

  • Naphazoline ophthalmic has no listed severe interactions with other drugs.
  • Naphazoline ophthalmic has no listed serious interactions with other drugs.
  • Naphazoline ophthalmic has no listed moderate interactions with other drugs.
  • Naphazoline ophthalmic has no listed mild interactions with other drugs.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Naphazoline Ophthalmic?

Warnings

  • This medication contains naphazoline ophthalmic. Do not take Naphcon, All Clear, All Clear AR, Bausch & Lomb Advanced Eye Relief Redness Instant Relief, Bausch & Lomb Advanced Eye Relief Redness Maximum Relief, Clear Eyes ACR Seasonal Relief, Clear Eyes for Dry Eyes Plus Redness Relief, Clear Eyes for Redness Relief, AKCon, Albalon, or Rohto Cool if you are allergic to naphazoline ophthalmic or any ingredients contained in this drug.
  • Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

Contraindications

  • Narrow-angle glaucoma
  • Anatomic narrow-angle
  • Hypersensitivity

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information is available.

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Naphazoline Ophthalmic?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Naphazoline Ophthalmic?"

Cautions

  • Use with caution in patients with hypertension, cardiovascular abnormalities, diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism, infection, or injury
  • Rare reports of hypertension, cardiac irregularities, nervousness, nausea, dizziness, weakness, and sweating
  • Stop use if vision changes, eye pain, the condition worsens
  • Concurrent use with MAO inhibitors may cause hypertensive crisis
  • Notify health care professional if no improvement after more than 48 hours (72 hours if used over-the-counter/OTC) or condition worsens

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • Use naphazoline ophthalmic with caution during pregnancy if the benefits outweigh the risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies are not available or neither animal nor human studies were done.
  • It is not known if naphazoline ophthalmic is excreted in milk. Use caution while breastfeeding.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding patients should seek the advice of a health professional before using over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

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References
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/naphcon-naphazoline-ophthalmic-343634

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