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Naphazoline is a decongestant used to relieve redness, puffiness, and itchy/watering eyes due to colds, allergies, or eye irritations (smog, swimming, or wearing contact lenses). It is known as a sympathomimetic (alpha receptor agonist) that works in the eye to decrease congestion.

 
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Naphazoline is a decongestant used to relieve redness, puffiness, and itchy/watering eyes due to colds, allergies, or eye irritations (smog, swimming, or wearing contact lenses). It is known as a sympathomimetic (alpha receptor agonist) that works in the eye to decrease congestion.
Notes
  • If your symptoms are due to allergies, avoid allergens that may be the cause of your symptoms.
  • Some common causes of allergies include pollen, grasses, weeds, dust mites, and pet dander.Do not share this medication with others.This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only.
  • Do not use it later for another condition unless directed to do so by your doctor.
  • A different medication may be necessary in that case.

Storage
  • Store dropper bottle upright at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Discard if drops become discolored or cloudy.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.


How To Use
  • To apply eye drops, wash your hands first.
  • To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface.Remove contact lenses before applying the eye drops.
  • Wait at least 10 minutes after using this medication before inserting contact lenses.This medication is used in the affected eye(s), usually every 3 to 4 hours as needed or as directed by your doctor.Tilt your head back, look upward, and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch.
  • Hold the dropper directly over the eye and place 1 drop into the pouch.
  • Look downward and gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Place one finger at the corner of the eye near the nose and apply gentle pressure.
  • This will prevent the medication from draining away from the eye.
  • Try not to blink and do not rub the eye.
  • Repeat these steps if your dose is for more than 1 drop and for the other eye if so directed.Do not rinse the dropper.
  • Replace the dropper cap tightly after each use.If you are using another kind of eye medication (e.g., drops or ointments), wait at least 5 minutes before applying other medications.
  • Use eye drops before eye ointments to allow the eye drops to enter the eye.Overuse of this type of medication may result in increased eye redness (rebound hyperemia).
  • Tell your doctor if this occurs or if your condition persists or worsens after 48 hours.

Side Effects
  • Stinging, redness, widened pupils, or blurred vision may occur.
  • 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: dizziness, nausea, sweating, drowsiness, weakness, nervousness, worsening redness/itching/swelling in or around the eyes.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: eye pain, other vision problems, headache, decrease in body temperature, 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, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using naphazoline, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to preservatives (e.g., benzalkonium chloride); or if you have any other allergies.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heart problems (e.g., high blood pressure), glaucoma, diabetes, eye infection/injury, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism).After you apply this drug, your vision may become temporarily blurred.
  • This drug may also make you dizzy or drowsy.
  • Use caution while driving, using machinery, or doing any other activity that requires clear vision and alertness.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages.Caution is advised when using this drug in children because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially severe drowsiness and severely decreased body temperature.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious interactions may occur: MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, linezolid, moclobemide, phenelzine procarbazine, rasagiline, selegiline, isocarboxazid, tranylcypromine).If you are currently using any of these medications listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting naphazoline.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: cyclobenzaprine, guanethidine, maprotiline, tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline).

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