GENERIC NAME: APRACLONIDINE SOLUTION 1% - OPHTHALMIC (A-pra-KLOE-ni-deen)
BRAND NAME(S): Iopidine
USES: This medication is used to treat or prevent high pressure inside the eye that may occur during and after laser eye surgery. Decreasing high pressure inside the eye may help to prevent decreased vision or blindness in the eye treated by laser surgery. Apraclonidine is thought to work by decreasing the amount of fluid within the eye.
HOW TO USE: This medication is given as an eye drop, usually by a health care professional. It should not be taken by mouth or injected into the eye. For laser eye surgery, it is usually given 1 hour before laser treatment and repeated at the end of treatment.To apply eye drops, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface.Tilt your head back, look up, and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over your eye and place 1 drop into the pouch. Release the eyelid and gently close your eyes. Place one finger at the corner of your eye (near the nose) and apply gentle pressure for 1 to 2 minutes. This will prevent the medication from draining out. Try not to blink and do not rub your eye.Remove extra solution around the eye with a tissue and wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.If you are using another kind of eye medication (e.g., drops or ointments), wait at least 5 minutes before using the other medication. Use eye drops before ointments to allow the eye drops to enter the eye.
SIDE EFFECTS: Eye discomfort/redness/burning, blurred vision, upset stomach, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur. Eye itching/watering or eyelid swelling may be symptoms of an allergic reaction of the eye. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fainting, mental/mood changes (e.g., depression), slow/irregular heartbeat.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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