Sodium chloride ointment

Generic Name: sodium chloride (SOE-dee-um KLOR-ide)
Brand Name: Muro 128

Sodium chloride ointment is used for:

Temporarily treating swelling of the cornea of the eye.

Sodium chloride ointment is a hypertonic salt solution. It works by drawing water out of the cornea, decreasing swelling.

Do NOT use sodium chloride ointment if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in sodium chloride ointment

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

Before using sodium chloride ointment:

Some medical conditions may interact with sodium chloride ointment. 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

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with sodium chloride ointment. However, no specific interactions with sodium chloride ointment are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if sodium chloride ointment 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 sodium chloride ointment:

Use sodium chloride ointment as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • To use sodium chloride ointment in the eye, first, wash your hands. Pull the lower eyelid away from your eye to form a pouch. Squeeze a thin strip of ointment into the pouch. After using the medicine, gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. Wipe the applicator tip with a clean, dry tissue. To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • Do not use sodium chloride ointment if it changes color or is cloudy.
  • If you miss a dose of sodium chloride ointment, 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 use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use sodium chloride ointment.

Important safety information:

  • Sodium chloride ointment may cause temporary blurred vision. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous unless you can see clearly.
  • Sodium chloride ointment may be harmful if swallowed. If you may have taken sodium chloride ointment by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using sodium chloride ointment during pregnancy. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using sodium chloride ointment, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of sodium chloride ointment:

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:

Mild burning or irritation.

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); changes in vision; continued redness, burning, or irritation; eye pain; feeling that something is in the eye.

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 sodium chloride ointment:

Store sodium chloride ointment at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep sodium chloride ointment out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

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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