What is Epifrin (epinephrine ophthalmic)?

Epinephrine ophthalmic causes decongestion in the eye by constricting blood vessels in the eye. It also enlarges the pupil, and it reduces the amount of fluid in the eye in two ways: It reduces the production of fluid inside the eye, and it increases the amount of fluid that drains from the eye.

Epinephrine ophthalmic is used to treat open-angle glaucoma.

Epinephrine ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is Epifrin (epinephrine ophthalmic)?

Epinephrine ophthalmic causes decongestion in the eye by constricting blood vessels in the eye. It also enlarges the pupil, and it reduces the amount of fluid in the eye in two ways: It reduces the production of fluid inside the eye, and it increases the amount of fluid that drains from the eye.

Epinephrine ophthalmic is used to treat open-angle glaucoma.

Epinephrine ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

—–HOW SHOULD YOU USE EPIFRIN (OPHTHALMIC)——

Drop

Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. This medicine is not for long-term use.

Wash your hands before and after using the medicine.

Shake the eye drops well just before each use.

Lie down or tilt your head back. With your index finger, pull down the lower lid of your eye to form a pocket.

To use the eye drops: Hold the dropper close to your eye with the other hand. Drop the correct number of drops into the pocket made between your lower lid and eyeball. Gently close your eyes. Place your index finger over the inner corner of your eye for 1 minute. Do not rinse or wipe the dropper or allow it to touch anything, including your eye. Put the cap on the bottle right away. Keep the bottle upright when you are not using it.

You should not use the eye drops if the solution has turned cloudy or changed color (pink or brown).

If a dose is missed:

If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.

Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

——Use——–

This medicine is for use with a nebulizer. Nebulizers convert the solution into an aerosol for inhalation through the mouth. Make sure you know how to use the nebulizer correctly. Ask your doctor or health care professional if you are not sure. Do not use more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. While this medicine may be used in children as young as 4 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

 

 

—–side effects—–

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop using epinephrine ophthalmic and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:

  • an allergic reaction (swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; or hives);
  • an irregular or fast heart rate; or
  • high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, or flushed skin).
  • Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to use epinephrine ophthalmic and talk to your doctor if you experience
  • burning, stinging, or pain in the eye;
  • blurred vision; or
  • headache or brow ache.

Colored deposits (spots) on the inner lining of the eyelid or on the surface of the eye may develop during chronic treatment with epinephrine ophthalmic. These deposits are harmless.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

—–Precautions—–

Your doctor should check your eye pressure at regular visits.

This medicine may cause blurred vision or other vision problems for a short time after it is applied. If any of these occur, do not drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are not able to see well.

 

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