Vidarabine (Into the eye)
Treats virus infections of the eye. Also called ara-A and arabinoside.
Antiviral (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Vidarabine ophthalmic preparations are used to treat virus infections of the eye.
Vidarabine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. This medicine is not for long-term use.
Wash your hands before and after using the medicine.
To use the ointment: Hold the tip of the tube close to your eye with the other hand. Avoid touching the tip of the tube to your eye or finger. Squeeze a ribbon of ointment into the pocket between your lower lid and eyeball. Close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes. Wipe the tip with a clean tissue and close the tube tightly. Keep the tube tightly closed when you are not using it.
If a dose is missed:
If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:
Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat and direct light.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before using any other products in your eyes.
When Not To Use
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to vidarabine.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk with your doctor before you start using vidarabine.
You should not use more of this medicine than your doctor ordered. Using too much vidarabine could be harmful to your eyes.
Wear sunglasses when in bright light.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Swelling of the eyes, eyelids or face
Increased eye redness or irritation than before you started using this ointment
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Blurry vision (temporary)
Runny eyes or excess tears
Sensitivity of the eyes to bright light
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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