Generic Name: Vidarabine ophthalmic Brand Name(s): .

Uses

What is Vidarabine ophthalmic used for?

Vidarabine is an antiviral medication. The exact way that vidarabine works against viruses in the eye is unknown.

Vidarabine ophthalmic is used to treat eye infections caused by the herpes virus.

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

How should I take Vidarabine ophthalmic?

Use vidarabine ophthalmic eye drops exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Wash your hands before using the ointment.

To apply the ointment:

  • Hold the tube in your hand for a few minutes to warm it up so that the ointment comes out easily. Tilt your head back slightly and pull down gently on your lower eyelid. Apply a thin film of the ointment, approximately one half of an inch in length, into your lower eyelid. Close your eye and roll it around in all directions for 1 to 2 minutes. If you are applying another eye medication, allow at least 10 minutes before applying the other medication.

Do not touch the tube opening to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The tube opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.

How do I store Vidarabine ophthalmic?

Vidarabine ophthalmic is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Vidarabine ophthalmic in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Vidarabine ophthalmic 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 Vidarabine ophthalmic 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 Vidarabine ophthalmic?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Vidarabine ophthalmic or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Do not use vidarabine ophthalmic if you have a bacterial or fungal infection in the eye. It is used to treat infections caused by viruses only.

It is not known whether vidarabine ophthalmic will harm an unborn baby. Do not use vidarabine ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is also not known whether vidarabine ophthalmic passes into breast milk. Do not use vidarabine ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not touch the tube opening to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The tube opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.

Vidarabine ophthalmic may increase the sensitivity of the eyes to bright light. Wear sunglasses to prevent irritation.

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Vidarabine ophthalmic may cause blurred vision. If you experience blurred vision, avoid these activities.

Discuss with your doctor the use of contact lenses. After applying this medication, wait at least 15 minutes before inserting contact lenses.

Avoid other eye medications except under the direction of your doctor.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Vidarabine ophthalmic during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Vidarabine ophthalmic. Vidarabine ophthalmic is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Vidarabine ophthalmic?

Commonly, some burning, stinging, pain, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, tearing, or sensitivity to light may occur.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Vidarabine ophthalmic?

Vidarabine ophthalmic 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.

Does food or alcohol interact with Vidarabine ophthalmic?

Vidarabine ophthalmic 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 Vidarabine ophthalmic?

Vidarabine ophthalmic 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.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Vidarabine ophthalmic.

What is the dose of Vidarabine ophthalmic for an adult?

Consult your doctor for further information.

What is the dose of Vidarabine 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 Vidarabine ophthalmic available?

Vidarabine ophthalmic is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Eye drops

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 Vidarabine ophthalmic, 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.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: November 23, 2017 | Last Modified: November 23, 2017

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