SIDE EFFECTS: This medication may temporarily burn or sting when first applied. If this persists, inform your doctor. Inform your doctor if you develop: skin rash, itching, redness, swelling in or around the eyes. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your medical history, especially: other eye problems, any allergies (particularly an iodine allergy). This medication may cause eyes to be sensitive to bright lights. Wear sunglasses for protection if needed. Vision may be temporarily blurred after applying this medicine. Use caution driving or performing duties requiring clear vision. Idoxuridine should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if idoxuridine is excreted into breast milk. Though, to date, there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all the prescription and nonprescription medicines you use. Do not use any other eye medications while you are using idoxuridine without consulting your doctor. 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: Throw away any unused part of your prescription. Do not save it to treat another infection. Do not allow anyone else to use this medication. The infection can be spread to another person if you accidentally contaminate the medication.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, apply as soon as remembered; do not use if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store ointment in a cool place or refrigerate. Store solution in the refrigerator but do not freeze.
Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005
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