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Naphazoline
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Naphazoline Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

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U.S. Brand Names

AK-Con™; Clear eyes® for Dry Eyes and ACR Relief [OTC]; Clear eyes® for Dry Eyes and Redness Relief [OTC]; Clear eyes® Redness Relief [OTC]; Clear eyes® Seasonal Relief [OTC]; Privine® [OTC]

Canadian Brand Names

Naphcon Forte®; Vasocon®

Mexican Brand Names

Afazol Grin; Alphadinal; Celunaf; Gotinal

Pharmacologic Category

Alpha1 Agonist; Imidazoline Derivative; Ophthalmic Agent, Vasoconstrictor

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to naphazoline or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have taken isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine in the last 14 days. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (eg, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine) must be stopped 14 days before this medicine is started. Taking the two together could cause dangerously high blood pressure.

• If you have glaucoma.

• If you are breast-feeding.

How does it work?

• Naphazoline blocks the allergic reaction by minimizing or preventing the body's reaction to the allergen.

• It reduces eye irritation.

How is it best taken?

Eye:

• For the eye only.

• Take out contact lenses before using medicine. Lenses can be replaced 15 minutes after medicine is given. Do not put contacts back in if eyes are irritated or infected.

• Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.

• Tilt head back and drop medicine into eye.

• After using medicine, keep your eyes closed. Apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 3-5 minutes. This keeps the medicine in your eye.

• Separate each eye medicine by 5 minutes.

Nasal:

• For the nose only.

• Blow your nose before use.

Nasal drops:

• Sit in chair or lie down.

• If in chair, hold head back. If lying in bed, place a pillow under your shoulders and drop head back.

• Insert nasal dropper into nose -1/4" and drop in.

• Stay in same position for 2 minutes. This keeps the medicine in your nose.

Nasal spray:

• Close one nostril.

• Tilt head forward slightly.

• Insert nasal spray tube into other nostril.

• While breathing in, press down once to release spray.

• Breath out through your mouth.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Instill a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not instill a double dose or extra doses.

• Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Dry mouth may cause an increase in cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 17:02:30.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:22:51.0

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