Generic Name: idoxuridine ophthalmic (eye dox YOOR i deen)Brand Names: Herplex
Idoxuridine ophthalmic is an antiviral medication. It prevents the replication (reproduction) of the herpes simplex virus. Thus, it reduces the amount of active virus in your system.Idoxuridine ophthalmic is used to treat eye infections caused by the herpes virus.
Idoxuridine ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.What is the most important information I should know about idoxuridine ophthalmic?
Contact your doctor if your symptoms begin to get worse or if you do not see any improvement in your condition after a few days.Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.
Apply light pressure to the inside corner of your eye (near your nose) after each drop to prevent the fluid from draining down your tear duct.Idoxuridine ophthalmic may increase your sensitivity to bright light. Wear sunglasses to prevent irritation.
Use idoxuridine ophthalmic eye drops exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.Wash your hands before using your eyedrops.
To apply the eyedrops:
Tilt your head back slightly and pull down on your lower eyelid. Position the dropper above your eye. Look up and away from the dropper. Squeeze out a drop and close your eye. Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of your eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to prevent the liquid from draining down your tear duct. If you are using more than one drop in the same eye or drops in both eyes, repeat the process with about 5 minutes between drops.
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one as directed. Do not use a double dose of this medication.
An overdose of this medication is not expected to cause harm.
If an overdose occurs in the eye, flush the eye with water for several minutes. If the drops are ingested, drink plenty of fluid to dilute the medicine. The ingestion of a whole bottle of idoxuridine ophthalmic is not expected to cause harm. Call an emergency room or poison control center for additional advice in either of these situations.
Use caution with contact lenses. Wear them only if your doctor approves. After applying this medication, wait at least 15 minutes before inserting contact lenses.
Avoid other eye medications unless your doctor approves.
Serious side effects are not expected with this medication.
Commonly, some burning, stinging, pain, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, eyelid itching, eyelid swelling, or sensitivity to light may occur. Continue to use idoxuridine ophthalmic and talk to your doctor about any side effects that you experience.
Eyedrops that contain boric acid may cause irritation if they are used with idoxuridine ophthalmic.
Avoid other eye medications unless they are approved by your doctor.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with idoxuridine ophthalmic. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
Idoxuridine ophthalmic is available with a prescription under the brand name Herplex in a 0.1% strength. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.