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Generic Name: sodium chloride (SOE-dee-um KLOR-ide)
Brand Name: Examples include Altachlore and Muro 128
Altachlore drops are used for:
Temporarily treating swelling of the cornea of the eye.
Altachlore drops are a hypertonic salt solution. It works by drawing water out of the cornea, decreasing swelling.
Do NOT use Altachlore drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Altachlore drops
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Altachlore drops:
Some medical conditions may interact with Altachlore 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
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Altachlore drops. However, no specific interactions with Altachlore drops are known at this time.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Altachlore 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 Altachlore drops:
Use Altachlore drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- To use Altachlore drops in the eye, 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.
- Do not use Altachlore drops if it changes color or is cloudy.
- If you miss a dose of Altachlore 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 use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Altachlore drops.
Important safety information:
- Altachlore drops may be harmful if swallowed. If you may have taken Altachlore drops 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 Altachlore drops during pregnancy. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Altachlore drops, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Altachlore 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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Mild burning or irritation.
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 Altachlore drops:
Store Altachlore drops 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 Altachlore drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Altachlore drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Altachlore 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 Altachlore 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 Altachlore drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Altachlore 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 Altachlore drops.