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Dipivefrin is used to treat high pressure inside the eye due to glaucoma (open-angle type) or other eye diseases (e.g., ocular hypertension). Lowering high pressure inside the eye can help prevent blindness. This medication works by regulating the flow of fluid within the eye to maintain a normal pressure.

 
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Dipivefrin is used to treat high pressure inside the eye due to glaucoma (open-angle type) or other eye diseases (e.g., ocular hypertension). Lowering high pressure inside the eye can help prevent blindness. This medication works by regulating the flow of fluid within the eye to maintain a normal pressure.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., eye exams) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects.
  • Consult your doctor for more details.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Keep the cap tightly closed.
  • Discard the solution if it turns brown or cloudy or if it contains particles.
  • Do not store in the bathroom and do not freeze.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Overdose
  • This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

How To Use
  • Apply this medication in the affected eye(s), usually one drop every 12 hours or as directed by your doctor.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.This medication contains a preservative that may stain contact lenses.
  • If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them before using your eye drops.
  • Wait at least 15 minutes after each dose before putting your lenses back in.Tilt your head back, look upward, and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch.
  • Hold the dropper directly over your eye and place one drop into the pouch.
  • Look downward and gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Place one finger at the corner of your eye (near the nose) and apply gentle pressure.
  • This will prevent the medication from draining out.
  • Try not to blink and do not rub your eye.
  • Repeat these steps for your other eye if so directed.Do not rinse the dropper.
  • Replace the dropper cap 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.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it at the same times each day.
  • It is important to continue using dipivefrin even if you feel well.
  • Most people with glaucoma or high pressure in the eye do not feel sick.

Side Effects
  • Burning/stinging/irritation/redness of the eye, blurred vision, headache, and increased sensitivity to light may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Although unlikely, this medication may cause dark staining on your eyes.
  • Tell your doctor promptly if this occurs.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because 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: eye pain/swelling, severe headaches, fast/irregular heartbeat.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: chest pain.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using dipivefrin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to epinephrine, the preservative benzalkonium chloride, sulfites (found in some brands of this medication); or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions.
  • Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: narrow or closed-angle glaucoma.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: eye problems (e.g., macular edema, lens extraction/aphakia), high blood pressure, heart or blood vessel disease, irregular heartbeat.If you develop an eye infection or injury, or have eye surgery, check with your doctor about whether you should continue to use your current bottle of dipivefrin.
  • You may be advised to start using a new bottle.Use caution while engaging in activities requiring clear vision such as driving or using machinery because your vision may be temporarily blurred or unstable after applying this drug.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • 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 healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it.
  • Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use.

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