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MINIMS FLUORESCEIN SODIUM 1.0%

Active substance: FLUORESCEIN SODIUM

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Minims® Fluorescein sodium 1% w/v
Minims® Fluorescein sodium 2% w/v
Eye Drops, solution
Fluorescein sodium

Read all this leaflet carefully before you start using your
medicine. It contains a summary of the information available on
your medicine. If you have any questions or are not sure about
anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Remember this medicine is for you. Do not give it to someone
else.
In this leaflet:
1. What Minims® Fluorescein sodium eye drops are and what
they are used for
2. Before you use your eye drops
3. How to use your eye drops
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store your eye drops
6. Further information

1. What Minims® Fluorescein sodium eye drops are and
what they are used for
Minims® Fluorescein sodium contains a diagnostic agent. The
active substance, fluorescein sodium, is a temporary dye used
to:
help your doctor or eye specialist to examine your eye,
help your doctor or eye specialist to measure the pressure
inside your eye by a test called tonometry,
help in the fitting of hard contact lenses.
Scratches on the conjunctiva (the lining of the inside of the
eyelids and part of the eye) are stained yellow or orange by
fluorescein.
Damages to the cornea (the transparent membrane covering
the surface of the eye) are stained green.
Any foreign bodies which are stuck in your eye are surrounded
by a green ring.
This medicine is indicated for children, adults and the elderly.

2. Before you use your eye drops
Do not use these drops if
you are allergic to the active substance (fluorescein).
you wear soft contact lenses.
If you are pregnant, may be pregnant, or are breastfeeding
Tell your doctor or eye specialist, he/she may decide to use
these drops or to prescribe you an alternative.
Contact lenses
Your doctor will ask you to remove your soft contact lenses prior
to the administration of the drops. There is no information on the
effect of this product on soft contact lenses. Therefore, do not
wear your soft contact lenses until the effects of the drops have
completely worn off.
Driving and using machines
As with all eye drops, your vision may be blurred after putting
the drops in. This will wear off within a few minutes. Wait until
your vision is clear before driving or using machines.

3. How to use your eye drops
A doctor or eye specialist will use these eye drops to examine
your eye.
The drops are in special single use “Minims” units, to examine
both eyes if necessary. Once opened, use immediately. Discard
any unused portion.
Dosage
The normal dose is 1 to 2 drops in one or both eyes.
Enough solution should be used to make sure that any
damaged areas are stained.
Method of administration
The doctor or eye specialist will put the drops in your eye for
you.
A sterile eyewash may be used to wash away any excess
solution.

4. Possible side effects
The following side-effects have been reported very rarely:
allergic reactions with redness and irritation of the eye,
swelling around the eye,
severe allergic reaction with difficulty in breathing and
symptoms of shock,
itchy skin rash with raised red blotches.
If any of the side effects gets serious, please seek immediate
medical attention. If you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

5. How to store your eye drops
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use the eye drops after the expiry date which is stated
on the overwrap of each unit and on the carton after the letters
“EXP”. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25°C. Do not freeze. Store in the original
package in order to protect from light.
The drops are in special single use “Minims” units, to examine
both eyes if necessary. Once opened, use immediately. Discard
any unused portion.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household
waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer
required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

6. Further information
What do your eye drops contain
The active ingredient is fluorescein sodium. Each unit
contains approximately 0.5 ml eye drops solution of
fluorescein sodium 1% w/v (5 mg) or 2% w/v (10 mg).
The other ingredient is purified water.
This medicine does not contain a preservative as it is a sterile
single use unit.
Contents of the pack
Each carton contains 20 units.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Chauvin Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
106 London Road - Kingston-upon-Thames - KT2 6TN - UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 8781 2900 / Fax: +44 (0)20 8781 2901
Manufacturer:
Laboratoire Chauvin - Z.I.Ripotier - 07200 Aubenas - France
Marketing Authorisation numbers:
Minims® Fluorescein sodium 1% w/v :
PL 0033/0079 (UK) ; PA 118/13/1 (Ireland)
Minims® Fluorescein sodium 2% w/v :
PL 0033/5008R (UK) ; PA 118/13/2 (Ireland)
DATE OF PREPARATION: August 2008
Art.76438 GB243E01-05.07

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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