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  • Generic Name: (naphazoline hydrochloride)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 06/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Naphazoline is an eye drop medicine used to narrow the blood vessels in your eyes.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Naphazoline works by narrowing the blood vessels in your eyes, thereby relieving your symptoms.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: By narrowing the blood vessels in the eyes, naphazoline may improve symptoms such as redness or irritation.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use naphazoline exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may feel an improvement in your eye symptoms once you start using naphazoline. This is a good indicator that your medication is working.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      Side effects may include: redness, irritation, discomfort, blurring, dizziness, headache, nausea, nervousness.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use naphazoline if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

      Do not use naphazoline if you have narrow-angle glaucoma (high pressure in the eye).

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with naphazoline. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have high blood pressure, heart or thyroid problems, diabetes, an infection, or any injuries.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adults: Instill one or two drops in the lower eyelid(s) every 3 to 4 hours as needed.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Use naphazoline exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      If you do not feel relief or improvement in your condition after 2 days of treatment, or if you experience symptoms such as irritation, blurring, redness, dizziness, headache, nausea, decrease in body temperature, or drowsiness, notify your healthcare provider immediately.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not allow the dropper tip of the bottle or the solution to touch any surface, the eyelids, or the surrounding area.

      Do not use if the solution changes color or becomes cloudy.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      If naphazoline is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining naphazoline with the following: certain antidepressants (such as amitriptyline); monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), a class of medications used to treat depression and other conditions (such as phenelzine); or maprotiline.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of naphazoline during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of naphazoline, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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