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Active substance(s): BETAMETHASONE SODIUM PHOSPHATE

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Vistamethasone Drops

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Betamethasone Sodium Phosphate
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start using this medicine. It contains important
information.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do
not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even
if their symptoms are the same as yours.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

In this leaflet:

1. What Vistamethasone Drops are and what they
are used for
2. Before you use Vistamethasone Drops
3. How to use Vistamethasone Drops
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Vistamethasone Drops
6. Further information

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1. What Vistamethasone Drops are and
what they are used for
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Vistamethasone Drops contain Betamethasone
Sodium Phosphate which belongs to a group of
medicines called corticosteroids. These are used
relieve redness and swelling.
Vistamethasone Drops are used to treat
redness and swelling of the eyes, nose and ears.
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2. Before you use Vistamethasone
Drops
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Do not use Vistamethasone Drops if you are:
• allergic (hypersensitive) to Betamethasone
Sodium Phosphate or to any of the other
ingredients of this medicine, listed in section 6
of this leaflet
Do not use in your eyes if you:
• have a viral infection of the eye
• have a fungal infection of the eye
• have tuberculosis of the eye
• have an eye infection that is producing pus
• suffer from raised pressure in your eye(s)
(glaucoma)
• suffer from herpes in your eye(s)
• have undiagnosed red eye(s)
• are wearing soft contact lenses. These should
be removed whilst you are using
Vistamethasone Drops.
Do not use in your ears if you have:
• a hole in your ear drum
If any of the above apply please tell your doctor or
pharmacist.
Take special care with Vistamethasone Drops:
• Do not use Vistamethasone Drops for a
prolonged period of time (more than 7 days) as
this may cause serious side effects, particularly
in children. (see section 4 of this leaflet)
• You should be aware that if you are using
Vistamethasone Drops in your eyes your doctor
may need to check your eyes frequently during
your treatment.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you
are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without
a prescription, before you use this medicine.
If you have any doubts about whether this
medicine is suitable for you, consult your
doctor or pharmacist.
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Pregnancy and breast-feeding
This medicine should be avoided if you are
pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding, unless your doctor has recommended it.
Driving and using machines
Vistamethasone Drops can cause temporary
blurring of vision after application to the eye. Wait
until your vision is clear whilst driving or using
machines
Important information about some of the
ingredients of Vistamethasone Drops
• Vistamethasone Drops contain
benzalkonium chloride which is known to
discolour soft contact lenses and may cause eye
irritation. If you usually wear soft contact lenses
they should be removed before you use
Vistamethasone Drops.
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3. How to use Vistamethasone Drops
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Always use Vistamethasone Drops exactly as your
doctor has told you. You should check with your
doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
How much to use
For adults, the elderly and children
For use in the eye:
The usual starting dose is one or two drops
to be put into the eye every two hours.
Your doctor may reduce the dose once the
condition of your eye has begun to improve.
For use in the ear:
The usual starting dose is two or three drops put
into the ear every three to four hours. Your doctor
may reduce the dose once the condition of your
ear has begun to improve.
For use in the nose:
The usual dose is two or three drops into each
nostril twice daily or as required.
Instructions for use
Instructions for use in the eye:
If you wear soft contact lenses these must be
removed during treatment of the eyes with
Vistamethasone Drops.
1. Before opening a new bottle of Vistamethasone
Drops, please check that the safety strip on the
bottom of the outer cap is unbroken.
2. Twist the outer cap to break the seal.
3. Wash your hands well before use.
4. Remove the outer cap. If you are putting in the
drops yourself you should use a mirror.
5. Tilt your head back and look up at the ceiling.
6. Pull the lower lid of the eye out to form a small
pocket between your eyelid and your eye.
7. Hold the container between the thumb and
middle finger of the other hand, turn the bottle
upside down near to your eye, try not to touch
your eye with the nozzle.
8. Apply enough pressure to the container to
release one to two drops, or as directed by your
doctor.
9. Blink your eye a few times.
10. If you think that you have missed your eye,
then insert another drop
11. Repeat steps 5-10 in the other eye, if you have
been told to use Vistamethasone Drops in both
eyes.
12. Replace the outer cap on the bottle, trying
not to touch the applicator tip with anything,
including the eye or your fingers
13. Wash your hands
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Instructions for use in the ear
1. Wash your hands well before use
2. Remove the outer cap on the bottle
3. Insert the nozzle into the affected ear and
apply drops as advised by your doctor
4. Repeat steps 1-3 in the other ear, if you have
been told to use Vistamethasone Drops in both
ears
5. Replace the outer cap on the bottle, trying
not to touch the applicator tip with anything,
including your fingers
6. Wash your hands
Instructions for use in the nose
1. Wash your hands well before use
2. Remove the outer cap on the bottle
3. Tilt your head back and pour into each nostril
drop by drop
4. Replace the outer cap on the bottle, trying
not to touch the applicator tip with anything,
including your fingers
5. Wash your hands
• Do not use for longer than 7 days
• Discard 4 weeks after opening
If you are unsure about how to use Vistamethasone
Drops talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you use more Vistamethasone Drops than
you should
If you are at all concerned that you have used too
much of this medicine contact your doctor or
pharmacist.
Vistamethasone Drops are for external use only.
If you have swallowed or you suspect someone
else has swallowed any, contact your doctor or
pharmacist.
If you forget to use Vistamethasone Drops
If you have just missed using your dose and it
is a long time until your next dose is due, put in
the missed dose now and continue the course of
treatment. If it is near the time for using your next
dose wait and use this dose at the correct time.
Do not take a double dose to make up for one you
have missed.
If you stop using Vistamethasone Drops
You should keep using Vistamethasone Drops
for as long as your doctor has instructed. Your
treatment is helping your condition, even if you
have not noticed a difference in how you feel.
Should you need to stop your treatment, your
doctor will advise you how to do this.
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4. Possible side effects
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Like all medicines, Vistamethasone Drops can
cause side effects, although not everybody gets
them.
If you experience any of the following side effects
you should tell your doctor immediately. These
are symptoms of an allergic reaction.
• difficulty in breathing with or without swelling
of the face, lips, tongue and/or throat
• swelling of the face, lips tongue and/or throat,
which may cause difficulty in swallowing
• severe itching of the skin (with raised lumps).
Other possible side effects include:
• irritation, burning, itching and stinging in the
area. This may occur after treatment has
stopped.
• raised pressure in the eye (only when used in
the eye)
Where you suffer from a disease (other than that
for which you are using Vistamethasone Drops)
that causes thinning of the surface of the eye,
serious damage may be caused.
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Prolonged use of this medicine (for more than 7
days) can lead to cloudiness of the lens of the eye
(cataracts), it is therefore advised that the lens of
the eye is checked frequently during use of this
medicine.
If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice
any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.
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5. How to store Vistamethasone Drops
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Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of
children.
Make sure the container is properly closed after
each use.
Store Vistamethasone Drops in the original
container away from direct light.
Store below 25°C.
Do not use Vistamethasone Drops after the expiry
date which is stated on the label. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
Dispose of this medicine 4 weeks after opening
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.
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6. Further Information
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What Vistamethasone Drops contain
The active substance is betamethasone sodium
phosphate 0.1%w/v
The other ingredients are benzalkonium chloride
solution, disodium edetate, sodium phosphate and
purified water
What Vistamethasone Drops look like and
contents of the pack
Vistamethasone Drops are a clear, colourless and
sterile solution supplied in a plastic dropper bottle
with a cap. Each bottle contains 5 or 10ml of the
solution.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Martindale Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Bampton Road
Harold Hill
Romford
RM3 8UG
United Kingdom
Manufacturers:
Martindale Pharmaceuticals
Bampton Road
Harold Hill
Romford
RM3 8UG
United Kingdom
Farmigea S.p.A.
Via G.B. Oliva 6/8
56121 Pisa, Italy
If you would like any more information, or
would like the leaflet in a different format,
please contact Medical Information at the
above address.
This leaflet was last updated in September 2012
Product License Number: PL 00156/0083
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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