Phenylephrine (Into the eye)
Decongestant, Mydriatic-Cycloplegic (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Ophthalmic phenylephrine in strengths of 2.5 and 10% is used to dilate (enlarge) the pupil. It is used before eye examinations, before and after eye surgery, and to treat certain eye conditions. In the U.S., these preparations are available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
This medicine is an eye drop given by a nurse or other trained health professional.
You may need to use this medicine at home. Follow these steps:Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine. Lie down or tilt your head back. With your index finger, pull down the lower lid of your eye to form a pocket. Insert the drops into the pocket, between your lower lid and eyeball. Gently close your eyes. Place your index finger over the inner corner of your eye for 1 minute. Do not allow the dropper to touch anything, including your eye. Put the cap on the bottle right away.
Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store this medicine in the refrigerator.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medicines can affect how phenylephrine works. Tell your doctor if you are using atropine or any anesthetic medicine.
When Not To Use
This medicine will make your eyes more sensitive to light. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat
Sudden, severe headache
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Eye irritation, burning, or sensitivity to light
Swelling, redness, or itching of the eyelids
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Brand names include
AK-Dilate, Altafrin, Eye Cool, Mydfrin, Neo-Synephrine, Neofrin, Ocu-Phrin, Prefrin Liquifilm
There may be other brand names for this medicine.