VIDARABINE (Ophthalmic) (Ointment)



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by sailesh kandeth, 12/23/2006

VIDARABINE (Ophthalmic) (Ointment) Drug and Prescription Information

VIDARABINE (Ophthalmic) (Ointment)

VIDARABINE (Ophthalmic) (Ointment) Medication Classification

VIDARABINE (Into the eye)

VIDARABINE (Ophthalmic) (Ointment) Brandname

VIDARABINE (Ophthalmic) (Ointment) is used for the Treatment

Vidarabine (vye-DARE-a-been) Treats virus infections of the eye. Also called ara-A and arabinoside.

When To Not Use VIDARABINE (Ophthalmic) (Ointment)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to vidarabine.

How Should You Use VIDARABINE (Ophthalmic) (Ointment)


  • 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.
  • To use the ointment: Hold the tip of the tube close to your eye with the other hand. Avoid touching the tip of the tube to your eye or finger. Squeeze a ribbon of ointment into the pocket between your lower lid and eyeball. Close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes. Wipe the tip with a clean tissue and close the tube tightly. Keep the tube tightly closed when you are not using it.
  • 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.

Proper VIDARABINE (Ophthalmic) (Ointment) Storage

Store VIDARABINE (Ophthalmic) (Ointment) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep VIDARABINE (Ophthalmic) (Ointment) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using VIDARABINE (Ophthalmic) (Ointment)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist before using any other products in your eyes.

VIDARABINE (Ophthalmic) (Ointment) Warnings

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk with your doctor before you start using vidarabine.
  • You should not use more of this medicine than your doctor ordered. Using too much vidarabine could be harmful to your eyes.
  • Wear sunglasses when in bright light.
  • Call your doctor if your eye infection is not better or if it is worse after one week of treatment.

VIDARABINE (Ophthalmic) (Ointment) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Swelling of the eyes, eyelids or face
  • Severe eye pain or itching
  • Increased eye redness or irritation than before you started using this ointment
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Blurry vision (temporary)
  • Runny eyes or excess tears
  • Sensitivity of the eyes to bright light