MINIMS LIDOCAINE & FLUORESCEIN

Active substance: LIDOCAINE HYDROCHLORIDE

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Minims® Lidocaine Hydrochloride 4% w/v
and Fluorescein Sodium 0.25% w/v

Eye Drops, solution
Lidocaine Hydrochloride and 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® Lidocaine Hydrochloride and 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® Lidocaine Hydrochloride and Fluorescein
Sodium eye drops are and what they are used for
Minims® Lidocaine Hydrochloride and Fluorescein Sodium
contains a local anaesthetic (lidocaine) and a diagnostic agent
(fluorescein).
Lidocaine Hydrochloride is a local anaesthetic which temporarily
numbs the surface of the eye.
Fluorescein sodium is a temporary dye which helps the doctor
or eye specialist to examine your eye.
Your eye drops are used to:
numb and stain the surface of the eye, for a short time only,
to help the 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.
Scratches on the conjunctiva (the lining of the inside of the
eyelids and part of the eye) are stained yellow or orange by
fluorescein.
Damage to the cornea (the transparent membrane covering the
surface of the eye) is 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 one of the active substances (lidocaine or
fluorescein) or any of the other ingredients (refer to the end
of this leaflet).
you are allergic to other similar types of local anaesthetic.
Take special care
You should tell your doctor if:
Your eyes are red or inflamed
Your eye drops are not intended for long term use. Frequent
use of local anaesthetic in the eye over long periods of time
may severely affect your eyesight.
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
The doctor will ask you to remove your contact lenses prior to
the administration of the drops. There is no information on the
effect of this product on contact lenses. Therefore, do not wear
your 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. 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 adult dose is 1 or more drops in one or both
eyes.
The dose for children will be decided by the doctor or eye
specialist.

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.
Your eye will remain numb for up to 30 minutes. Avoid touching
the eye until the anaesthetic has worn off. Your doctor or eye
specialist will make sure that your eye is properly protected.
If you use more Minims® Lidocaine Hydrochloride and
Fluorescein Sodium than you should, an overdose is very
unlikely to occur. If you suddenly feel unwell after receiving the
drops, tell your doctor or eye specialist or contact your nearest
emergency department immediately.
4. Possible side effects
The following side-effects have been reported very rarely (can
occur in less than 1 in 10.000 patients treated):
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 you do experience any effects after using these drops, which
appear to be an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical
attention.
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 ingredients are lidocaine hydrochloride and
fluorescein sodium. Each unit contains approximately 0.5 ml
eye drops solution of lidocaine hydrochloride 4% w/v (20 mg)
and fluorescein sodium 0.25% w/v (1.25 mg).
The other ingredients are povidone, hydrochloric acid (for pH
adjustment) and 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® Lidocaine Hydrochloride 4% w/v and Fluorescein
Sodium 0.25% w/v :
PL 0033/0073 (UK) ; PA 118/24/1 (Ireland)
DATE OF PREPARATION: August 2008
Art.76441 GB246E01-05.07

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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