Generic Name: trifluridine (trye-FLURE-i-deen)
Brand Name: Viroptic
Trifluridine drops are used for:
Treating herpes eye infection.
Trifluridine drops are an antiviral. It works by killing sensitive viruses.
Do NOT use trifluridine drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in trifluridine drops
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using trifluridine drops:
Some medical conditions may interact with trifluridine 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 trifluridine drops. Because little, if any, of trifluridine drops are absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if trifluridine 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 trifluridine drops:
Use trifluridine drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- To use trifluridine drops, 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.
- Contact your doctor for instructions on using your contact lenses while using trifluridine drops.
- To clear up your infection completely, continue using trifluridine drops for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days.
- If you miss a dose of trifluridine 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 trifluridine drops.
Important safety information:
- Do not exceed the recommended dose or use trifluridine drops for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- If your condition does not improve within 7 days or if it becomes worse, check with your doctor.
- Do not use trifluridine drops for other eye problems without first checking with your doctor.
- It is important to use trifluridine drops for the full course of treatment. Failure to do so may decrease the effectiveness of trifluridine drops and increase the risk that the virus will no longer be sensitive to trifluridine drops and will not be able to be treated by this or certain other antivirals in the future.
- Use trifluridine drops with extreme caution 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, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using trifluridine drops during pregnancy. It is unknown if trifluridine drops are excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using trifluridine drops, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of trifluridine 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:
Temporary burning or stinging.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); new or worsening eye irritation or pain; red or bloodshot eyes; swelling of the eye or eyelid; vision changes.
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 trifluridine drops:
Store trifluridine drops in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Keep trifluridine drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about trifluridine drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Trifluridine 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 trifluridine 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 trifluridine drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to trifluridine 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 trifluridine drops.
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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- Drug class: ophthalmic anti-infectives
Other brands: Viroptic