Naphazoline/ pheniramine

Generic Name: naphazoline/pheniramine (naf-AZ-oh-leen/fen-EAR-ay-meen)
Brand Name: Examples include Naphcon-A and Visine-A

Naphazoline/ pheniramine is used for:

Temporarily relieving itchy, red eyes caused by allergies to things such as pollen, ragweed, grass, or animal hair and dander.

Naphazoline/pheniramine is a decongestant and antihistamine combination. The antihistamine works by blocking the action of histamine, which helps reduce symptoms such as watery, itchy eyes. The decongestant constricts (narrows) the blood vessels, which reduces eye redness.

Do NOT use naphazoline/ pheniramine if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in naphazoline/pheniramine
  • you have taken furazolidone or a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor (eg, phenelzine) within 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 naphazoline/ pheniramine:

Some medical conditions may interact with naphazoline/pheniramine. 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 diabetes, an enlarged prostate, heart disease, high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid, narrow-angle glaucoma, or trouble urinating

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

  • Furazolidone or MAO inhibitors (eg, phenelzine) because the risk of severe high blood pressure and fast heartbeat may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if naphazoline/pheniramine 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 naphazoline/ pheniramine:

Use naphazoline/pheniramine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • If naphazoline/pheniramine contains particles or is discolored, do not use it.
  • Remove contact lenses before using naphazoline/pheniramine.
  • To use naphazoline/pheniramine, 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.
  • You may feel a brief tingling sensation in your eye and your pupils may become temporarily enlarged when using naphazoline/pheniramine.
  • If you miss a dose of naphazoline/pheniramine and you are using it regularly, use it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use naphazoline/pheniramine.

Important safety information:

  • If your symptoms do not improve within a few days or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Naphazoline/pheniramine may be harmful if swallowed. If you may have taken naphazoline/pheniramine by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Overuse of topical products may worsen your condition.
  • Naphazoline/pheniramine is 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 while taking naphazoline/pheniramine, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using naphazoline/pheniramine during pregnancy. It is unknown if naphazoline/pheniramine is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using naphazoline/pheniramine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of naphazoline/ pheniramine:

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:

Eye redness; tingling sensation.

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); blurred vision; changes in vision; eye pain; halos around lights; persistent redness or irritation.

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 naphazoline/pheniramine:

Store naphazoline/pheniramine at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Keep naphazoline/pheniramine out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about naphazoline/pheniramine, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Naphazoline/pheniramine is 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 naphazoline/pheniramine 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 naphazoline/pheniramine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to naphazoline/pheniramine. 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 naphazoline/pheniramine.

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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