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Sulfalone Opht



This medication is used to prevent or treat eye infections and to treat swelling in the eye. This product contains an antibiotic (sulfacetamide) that stops the growth of bacteria and a corticosteroid (prednisolone) that reduces inflammation.This medication treats only bacterial eye infections. It will not work for other types of eye infections. Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.



 
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Sulfalone Opht

Uses
This medication is used to prevent or treat eye infections and to treat swelling in the eye. This product contains an antibiotic (sulfacetamide) that stops the growth of bacteria and a corticosteroid (prednisolone) that reduces inflammation.This medication treats only bacterial eye infections. It will not work for other types of eye infections. Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only.
  • Throw away the unused portion after therapy is completed.
  • Do not use it later for another infection or give it to someone else.
  • A different medication may be necessary in those cases.With prolonged use (more than 10 days), 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 between 46-75 degrees F (8-24 degrees C) away from light and heat.
  • Do not freeze or store in the bathroom.
  • Do not use the solution if the color has darkened.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Overdose
  • This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

How To Use
  • To apply eye drops, wash your hands first.
  • Shake this suspension well before each dose.
  • To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface.Before using this product, check it visually.
  • Do not use if it has darkened in color.Do not wear contact lenses while you are using this medicine.
  • Sterilize contact lenses according to manufacturer's directions and check with your doctor before using them.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 it.
  • 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, and if your dose is for more than 1 drop.
  • Apply as often as directed by your doctor.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.
  • Continue using it for the full time prescribed even if symptoms disappear after a few days.
  • Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a relapse of the infection.Do not use this medication for longer than prescribed.
  • If you use it regularly for an extended period of time, do not suddenly stop using it without consulting your doctor.
  • Your dosage may need to be gradually decreased.Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve after 2 days.

Side Effects
  • This medication may temporarily sting or burn your eyes for a minute or two when applied.
  • Eye discomfort, dry eyes, tearing, itching, or redness may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.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.Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a new type of eye infection (e.g., viral, fungal).
  • Do not use it for longer than prescribed.
  • Contact your doctor if you notice new or worsening symptoms.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: vision changes, eye pain, staining of the eyes.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, signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), easy bleeding/bruising, yellowing of the eyes/skin, dark urine.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using sulfacetamide/prednisolone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to sulfa drugs (e.g., sulfamethoxazole), corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone, prednisone), 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: eye problems (e.g., glaucoma, severely dry eyes), eye surgeries (e.g., cataract surgery), diabetes.Use caution 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.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known if the medications in this product pass 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.This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious interactions may occur: gentamicin, certain local anesthetics (e.g., tetracaine), preparations that contain silver.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use.

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