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Vira-A Side Effects

Generic Name: vidarabine ophthalmic

Note: This document contains side effect information about vidarabine ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Vira-A.

Applies to vidarabine ophthalmic: ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic solution

Along with its needed effects, vidarabine ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Vira-A) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking vidarabine ophthalmic:

  • Increased sensitivity of eyes to light
  • itching, redness, swelling, pain, burning, or other sign of irritation not present before use of this medicine

Some side effects of vidarabine ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

  • Excess flow of tears
  • feeling of something in the eye

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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