combination antibiotic and steroid-ophthalmic ointment (cont.)

SIDE EFFECTS: This medication may temporarily sting your eyes for a minute or two when you first use it. If stinging persists or becomes bothersome, inform your doctor. Vision may be temporarily blurred or unstable after applying this ointment. Use caution when driving or performing duties that require clear vision. Notify your doctor if you develop: a skin rash, itching/red- ness/swelling in or around the eyes, vision problems. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: other eye problems, contact lens use, any allergies. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: other eye medicine. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

NOTES: If the tube is first warmed in the hand prior to use, the ointment will flow more easily.

MISSED DOSE: Apply the missed dose as soon as remembered unless it is nearly time for the next dose. If it is near time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular dosing schedule.

STORAGE: Store this medication at room temperature away from heat and sunlight. Avoid freezing it.

Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005

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