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ZINC SULPHATE EYE DROPS BP 0.25%
Sootheye Eye Drops
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. It
contains important information.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it
on to others. It may harm them, even if their sysmptoms
are the same as yours.
If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any
side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor
In this leaflet:
1. What Sootheye Eye Drops are and what they are used for
2. Before you use Sootheye Eye Drops
3. How to use Sootheye Eye Drops
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Sootheye Eye Drops
6. Further information
What Sootheye Eye Drops are and what they
are used for
The active ingredient Zinc Sulphate is an astringent (a medicine that
shinks body tissues and dries fluids) and a mild antiseptic (a
medicine that prevents infections).
Sootheye Eye Drops are used to treat minor eye irritations.
Before you use Sootheye Eye Drops
Do not use Sootheye Eye Drops if:
you are allergic (hypersensitive) to Zinc Sulphate or any of the
other ingredients of this medicine, which are listed in section 6
of this leaflet.
you are wearing soft contact lenses.
Take special care with Sootheye Eye Drops if:
your eye irritation persists or worsens,
you have a headache or eye pain,
your vision changes
you have permanently red eyes.
Driving and using machines
Sootheye Eye Drops can cause temporary blurring of vision after
application. Wait until your vision is clear before driving or using
Important information about some of the ingredients of
Sootheye Eye Drops
This medicine contains benzalkonium chloride which may cause eye
irritation and is known to discolour soft contact lenses.
How to use Sootheye Eye Drops
Always use Sootheye Eye Drops exactly as your doctor or
pharmacist has told you. You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
If you wear soft contact lenses these should be removed before you
use Sootheye Eye Drops and you should wait at least 15 minutes
before reinsertion of your lenses.
Instructions for use
1. Before opening a new bottle of Sootheye Eye Drops, please
check that the safety strip on the bottom of the outer cap is
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 the 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 bottle between the thumb and middle finger of the other
hand, turn the bottle upside down near to the eye, try not to touch
the eye with the nozzle
8. Apply enough pressure to the container to release one to two
9. Blink the eye a few times
10. If you think that you have missed the eye, then insert another
11. Repeat steps 5-10 for the other eye if you have been told
to use Sootheye Eye Drops in both eyes
12. Replace the outer cap on the container, trying not to touch the
applicator tip with anything, including the eye or your fingers
13. Wash your hands.
If you are unsure about how to use Sootheye Eye Drops talk to your
doctor or pharmacist.
How much to use
The usual dose is 1 or 2 drops placed in each eye three or four
If there is no improvement see your doctor or pharmacist.
If any of the above apply, stop using Sootheye Eye Drops and
contact your doctor immediately.
Sootheye Eye Drops are for external use only.
If you are unsure about taking this medicine or you have any
questions, go and talk to your doctor first and follow the advice
If you use more Sootheye Eye Drops than you should
Sootheye Eye Drops are for external use only. If you have
swallowed or you suspect someone else has swallowed any of this
medicine, contact your doctor.
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.
If you forget to take Sootheye Eye Drops
Don’t worry, just take the next dose as soon as you remember and
then go on as before. Do not take a double dose to make up for the
one you have missed
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
You should not use Sootheye Eye Drops if you are pregnant, trying
for a baby or breast-feeding unless your doctor believes it is
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Sootheye Eye Drops can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
Possible side effects include:
temporary stinging or burning
redness, itching and watering of the eye
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
How to store Sootheye Eye Drops
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Make sure the container is properly closed after each use.
Store upright in the carton. Store below 25°C and protect from light.
Do not use Sootheye Eye Drops after the expiry date which is
printed on the label. The expiry date refers to the last day of that
Dispose of this medicine four 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.
What Sootheye Eye Drops contain
The active substance is zinc sulphate BP 0.25% w/v.
The other ingredients are purified water and benzalkonium chloride.
What Sootheye Eye Drops look like and contents of the pack
Sootheye Eye Drops are a clear, colourless solution supplied in a
plastic bottle with a a dropper nozzle and a tamper proof cap. Each
bottle contains 10ml of sterile solution.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Martindale Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Bampton Road, Harold Hill, Romford,
RM3 8UG, United Kingdom.
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Product licence numbers:
Sootheye Eye Drops 0.25%w/v
Date of revision: February 2013
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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