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naphazoline ophthalmic

Pronunciation: na FAZ oh leen off THAL mik

Brand: AK-Con, Albalon, Allersol, Clear Eyes, Clear Eyes + Redness Relief, Naphcon, Redness Relief Eye Drops, Vasocon

What is the most important information I should know about naphazoline ophthalmic?

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You should not use naphazoline ophthalmic if you are allergic to it. Do not use this medication without a doctor's advice if you have narrow angle glaucoma.

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Do not use naphazoline ophthalmic if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days.

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Do not use this medication while wearing contact lenses. Naphazoline ophthalmic may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using naphazoline ophthalmic before putting your contact lenses in.

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Do not use naphazoline ophthalmic more often or continuously for longer than 48 to 72 hours without a doctor's advice. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 days of treatment, or if they get worse.

What is naphazoline ophthalmic?

Naphazoline causes constriction of blood vessels in the eyes. It also decreases itching and irritation of the eyes.

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

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

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using naphazoline ophthalmic?

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You should not use naphazoline ophthalmic if you are allergic to it. Do not use this medication without a doctor's advice if you have narrow angle glaucoma.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have:

  • heart disease, high blood pressure;
  • diabetes;
  • overactive thyroid; or
  • an eye injury or infection.
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Do not use naphazoline ophthalmic if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days.

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FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether naphazoline ophthalmic will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

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It is not known whether naphazoline 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.

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Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.

How should I use naphazoline ophthalmic?

Use naphazoline eye drops exactly as directed by your doctor, or follow the directions that accompany the package. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse to explain them to you.

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Wash your hands before using eye medication.

To apply the eye drops:

  • Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye.
  • Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.
  • 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.
  • If you use more than one drop in the same eye, wait about 5 minutes before putting in the next drop.
  • Also wait at least 10 minutes before using any other eye drops that your doctor has prescribed.
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Do not allow the tip of the dropper to touch any surface, including your 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.

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Do not use naphazoline ophthalmic more often or continuously for longer than 48 to 72 hours without a doctor's advice. Chronic use of this medication may damage the blood vessels (veins and arteries) in the eyes. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 days of treatment, or if they get worse.

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Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

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Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

What should I avoid while using naphazoline ophthalmic?

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Do not use this medication while wearing contact lenses. Naphazoline ophthalmic may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using naphazoline ophthalmic before putting your contact lenses in.

Do not use other eye medications during treatment with naphazoline ophthalmic unless your doctor tells you to.

What are the possible side effects of naphazoline ophthalmic?

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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.

Although the risk of serious side effects is low when naphazoline ophthalmic is used in the eyes, side effects can occur if the medication is absorbed into your bloodstream.

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

  • severe headache, buzzing in your ears;
  • anxiety, dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, nervousness;
  • nausea, cold feeling; or
  • uneven heartbeats.
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Also call your doctor if you have eye pain, vision changes, or worsening symptoms after using this medication.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning or irritation after applying the eye drops;
  • watery eyes; or
  • blurred vision, dilated pupils.

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 other drugs will affect naphazoline ophthalmic?

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use naphazoline ophthalmic if you are also using any of the following drugs:

  • an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip, Limbitrol), desvenlafaxine (Pristiq), duloxetine (Cymbalta), doxepin (Sinequan, Silenor), milnacipran (Savella), nortriptyline (Pamelor), venlafaxine (Effexor), and others; or
  • ergot medicine such as ergotamine (Ergomar, Cafergot, Migergot), dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45, Migranal), ergonovine (Ergotrate), or methylergonovine (Methergine).

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with naphazoline ophthalmic. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about naphazoline ophthalmic.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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