Ocuflox (Ofloxacin)

(℞) Prescription Required

    Ocuflox Opht (Ocufloxacin) Dosage and Side Effects

    OCUFLOX is a topical treatment for external eye infections such as conjunctivitis.

    Proper Use of this medication

    Usual dose:

    One to two drops every two to four hours for the first two days, and then four times daily in the affected eye(s) for 8 days.

    How to Use:

    1. Wash your hands. Tilt your head back and look at the ceiling.
    2. Gently pull the lower eyelid down until there is a small pocket.
    3. Turn the bottle upside down and squeeze it to release one or two drops into each eye that needs treatment.
    4. Let go of the lower lid, and close your eye for 30 seconds.

    If a drop misses your eye, try again.

    To avoid contamination and injury, do not let the tip of the dropper touch your eye or anything else.

    Replace and tighten the cap straight after use.

    The proper application of your eye drops is very important. If you have any questions ask your doctor or pharmacist.

    Overdose:

    If you have placed too many drops in your eye(s), wash the eye(s) with clean water. Apply your next dose at the normal time.

    In case of drug overdose, contact a health care practitioner, hospital emergency department or regional Poison Control Centre immediately, even if there are no symptoms.

    Missed dose:

    If you forget to apply your eye drops at your normal time, simply apply them as soon as you remember. Then go back to the original schedule as directed by your doctor. Don't try to catch up on missed drops by applying more than one dose at a time.

    Side Effects

    You should see your doctor if any of the following side effects that affect the eye(s) prove troublesome or if they are long lasting:

    • temporary burning or discomfort
    • irritation
    • eye/eyelid swelling
    • eye pain
    • redness
    • stinging
    • itchy eye/eyelid
    • tearing
    • dryness
    • light sensitivity
    • blurred vision
    • a feeling that something is in your eye

    You should see your doctor if any of the following side effects that affect the body prove troublesome or if they are long-lasting:

    • dizziness
    • nausea
    • swelling of the face

    Stop OCUFLOX use and contact your doctor if a severe allergic (hypersensitivity) reaction occurs with symptoms such as swelling of the mouth, throat, tongue or extremities (hands, feet), difficulty in breathing, skin reactions (redness, irritation , blistering, peeling), loss of consciousness or collapse.

    This is not a complete list of side effects. For any unexpected effects while taking OCUFLOX, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

    Warnings and Precautions

    This product should be used with caution in patients sensitive to other quinolone antibacterial agents.

    Long term use may result in a new bacterial infection which does not respond to OCUFLOX.

    This product should be used with caution in patients with a defect or damage to the surface of the eye.

    Your sight may become blurred for a short time just after using OCUFLOX. You should not drive or use machines until your sight is clear again.

    BEFORE you use OCUFLOX talk to your doctor or pharmacist if:

    • You are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
    • You are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed.
    • You have any allergies to this drug, or to similar drugs (ask your doctor) or to OCUFLOX's ingredients or components of its container.
    • You wear contact lenses. The preservative in OCUFLOX (benzalkonium chloride) may be absorbed by and discolour softcontact lenses. Lenses should be removed prior to application of OCUFLOX and kept out for 15 minutes after use.

    Interactions with this medication

    Drug interaction studies have not been done for OCUFLOX.

    Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine, vitamins, herbals products.

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    The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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