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All about: Naphcon-A

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Generic Name: Naphazoline/Pheniramine (naf-AZ-oh-leen/fen-EAR-ay-meen)
Brand Name: Examples include Naphcon-A and Visine-A

Naphcon-A is used for:

Temporarily relieving itchy, red eyes caused by allergies to things such as pollen, ragweed, grass, or animal hair and dander.

Naphcon-A is a decongestant and antihistamine combination. The antihistamine works by blocking the action of histamine, which helps reduce symptoms such as watery, itchy eyes. The decongestant constricts (narrows) the blood vessels, which reduces eye redness.

Do NOT use Naphcon-A if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Naphcon-A
  • you have taken furazolidone or a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor (eg, phenelzine) within the last 14 days

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Naphcon-A :

Some medical conditions may interact with Naphcon-A . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have diabetes, an enlarged prostate, heart disease, high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid, narrow-angle glaucoma, or trouble urinating

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Naphcon-A . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Furazolidone or MAO inhibitors (eg, phenelzine) because the risk of severe high blood pressure and fast heartbeat may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Naphcon-A may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Naphcon-A :

Use Naphcon-A as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • If Naphcon-A contains particles or is discolored, do not use it.
  • Remove contact lenses before using Naphcon-A .
  • To use Naphcon-A , first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including your eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • You may feel a brief tingling sensation in your eye and your pupils may become temporarily enlarged when using Naphcon-A .
  • If you miss a dose of Naphcon-A and you are using it regularly, use it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Naphcon-A .

Important safety information:

  • If your symptoms do not improve within a few days or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Naphcon-A may be harmful if swallowed. If you may have taken Naphcon-A by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Overuse of topical products may worsen your condition.
  • Naphcon-A is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 6 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking Naphcon-A , discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Naphcon-A during pregnancy. It is unknown if Naphcon-A is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Naphcon-A , check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Naphcon-A :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Eye redness; tingling sensation.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blurred vision; changes in vision; eye pain; halos around lights; persistent redness or irritation.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Naphcon-A :

Store Naphcon-A at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Keep Naphcon-A out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Naphcon-A , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Naphcon-A is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Naphcon-A . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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