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Altafrin Drops

Generic Name: phenylephrine (fen-il-EF-rin)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Altafrin Drops are used for:

Relieving eye redness and dryness due to minor eye irritation. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Altafrin Drops are a decongestant. It works by constricting blood vessels in the eye, which helps relieve redness.

Do NOT use Altafrin Drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Altafrin Drops
  • you are taking droxidopa or you have taken furazolidone or a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor (eg, phenelzine) in the last 14 days

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Altafrin Drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with Altafrin Drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have heart disease, glaucoma, high blood pressure, or an overactive thyroid

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Altafrin Drops. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Droxidopa, furazolidone, or MAO inhibitors (eg, phenelzine) because the risk of serious side effects, such as high blood pressure and irregular heartbeat, may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Altafrin Drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Altafrin Drops:

Use Altafrin Drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Altafrin Drops are for use in the eye only. Avoid contact with other mucous membranes.
  • To use Altafrin Drops, first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
  • To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including your eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • Contact your doctor for instructions on using your contact lenses while using Altafrin Drops.
  • If you miss a dose of Altafrin Drops, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Altafrin Drops.

Important safety information:

  • Do not use Altafrin Drops for more than 3 days unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.
  • Do not use Altafrin Drops if it is brown or contains particles.
  • Altafrin Drops are not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 6 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Altafrin Drops during pregnancy. It is unknown if Altafrin Drops are excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Altafrin Drops, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Altafrin Drops:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Burning or stinging of the eye.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Altafrin Drops:

Store Altafrin Drops at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Altafrin Drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Altafrin Drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Altafrin Drops are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Altafrin Drops or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Altafrin Drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Altafrin Drops. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Altafrin Drops.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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