What is boric acid (ophthalmic) used for?
Boric acid is a mild antibiotic property, which is used in against fungal or bacterial infection. Boric acid for eyes is commonly used as an eye wash to cleanse or irrigate the eyes by soothing relief from eye irritation or removing pollutants from smog, chlorine or other chemicals.
Boric acid ophthalmic may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
How should I take boric acid (ophthalmic)?
To take boric acid,
- Boric acid is usually given using an eye cup.
- Use only a clean or sterile eye cup. Avoid touching the rim of the eye cup with your fingers while you are using it.
- It may be best to use this medicine while standing over a sink or eye wash fountain.
- Fill the eye cup about half way with boric acid ophthalmic solution. Bend your head forward and bring the cup to your eye. Press it tightly to your face around the eye. Then tilt your head back and open your eye wide.
- Move the eye around in all directions to allow the boric acid to cleanse the eyeball thoroughly.
- While still pressing the cup to your eye, bend forward over a sink. Remove the eye cup from your face and empty it into the sink. Allow any remaining boric acid solution to drain from your eye into the sink.
- Repeat this procedure with your other eye if needed.
- After using this medication, pat the skin dry around your eye using a clean tissue or towel. Do not rub your eyelids with the tissue or towel, or apply it directly to your eye.
How do I store boric acid (ophthalmic)?
Boric acid is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store boric acid in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of boric acid that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush boric acid down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using boric acid (ophthalmic)?
Before using boric acid, you should:
- Do not use this medication if you are allergic to boric acid.
- Avoid using this medication if you have any open wound or other skin injuries around your eyes.
- Boric acid is a weak antibiotic and should not be used to treat any type of infection without the advice of a doctor. There are many other, more effective antibiotics available.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using boric acid during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking boric acid.
What side effects can occur from boric acid (ophthalmic)?
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect.
Less serious side effects include:
- Mild stinging or eye irritation
- Blurred vision
- Watery eyes
- Eye redness
If you have a serious side effect below, call your doctor at once.
- Severe burning or stinging of your eyes
- Severe eye pain
- Vision changes that last for several hours after use
- Your eye condition does not improve or it gets worse after using boric acid
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.
What drugs may interact with boric acid (ophthalmic)?
Boric acid may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Avoid using boric acid together with a contact lens wetting solution, or any other ophthalmic solution that contains polyvinyl alcohol.
Does food or alcohol interact with boric acid (ophthalmic)?
Boric acid may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with boric acid (ophthalmic)?
Boric acid may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using boric acid (ophthalmic).
What is the dose of boric acid (ophthalmic) for an adult?
Take boric acid exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the direction on your prescription label carefully.
The dose will be based on following:
- The condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you have
- Other medications you taking
- How you respond to this medication
- Your weight
- Your height
- Your age
- Your gender
What is the dose of boric acid (ophthalmic) for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is boric acid (ophthalmic) available?
Boric acid is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Boric acid Ophthalmic 0.05% Ophthalic Solution
- Boric acid Otic 2.75% Otic Solution
- Boric acid Topical 10% Topical Ointment
- Boric acid Topical 5% Topical Ointment
- Boric acid Topical 5% Topical Solution
- Boric acid Topical Compounding Powder
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of boric acid, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: December 16, 2016 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019