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Blephamide

Generic Name: sulfacetamide and prednisolone ophthalmic
Brands: AK-Cide, Blephamide, Blephamide S.O.P., Cetapred, Isopto Cetapred, Metimyd, Vasocidin


What is the most important information I should know about Blephamide?

· 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 or tube opening to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper or tube opening 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.

 

What is Blephamide?

· Sulfacetamide is an antibiotic. It is used to treat bacterial infections.

· Prednisolone is a steroid. It is used to treat the swelling associated with bacterial infections of the eye.

· Blephamide is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes.

· Blephamide may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

 

Who should not use Blephamide?

· Do not use Blephamide if you have a viral or fungal infection in your eye. It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria only.

· Do not use Blephamide if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a sulfa-based drug.

· It is not known whether Blephamide will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

· It is also not known whether Blephamide passes into breast milk. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

 

How should I use Blephamide?

 

· Use Blephamide eyedrops or ointment 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 or ointment.

· To apply the eyedrops:     ·Shake the drops gently to be sure the medicine is well mixed. 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.

· To apply the ointment:     ·Hold the tube in your hand for a few minutes to warm it up so that the ointment comes out easily. Tilt your head back slightly and pull down gently on your lower eyelid. Apply a thin film of the ointment into your lower eyelid. Close your eye and roll your eyeball around in all directions for 1 to 2 minutes. If you are applying another eye medication, allow at least 10 minutes before your next application.

· Do not touch the dropper or tube opening to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper or tube opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.

· Do not use any eyedrop that is discolored or has particles in it.

· Store Blephamide at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle or tube properly capped.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

· 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.

 

What happens if I overdose?

· An overdose of this medication is unlikely to occur. If you do suspect an overdose, wash the eye with water and call an emergency room or poison control center near you. If the drops or ointment have been ingested, drink plenty of fluid and call an emergency center for advice.

 

What should I avoid while using Blephamide?

· Do not touch the dropper or tube opening to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper or tube opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.

· Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Blephamide may cause blurred vision. If you experience blurred vision, avoid these activities.

· 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.

 

What are the possible side effects of Blephamide?

· Serious side effects are not expected with this medication.

· Some burning, stinging, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, eyelid itching, eyelid swelling, or sensitivity to light may occur. Continue to use Blephamide and talk to your doctor about any side effects you experience.

 

What other drugs will affect Blephamide?

· Do not use this medication with other eyedrops that contain nitrates (e.g., silver nitrate).

· Avoid other eye medications unless they are approved by your doctor.

· Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are taking an oral steroid medication such as prednisone (Deltasone, Orasone, others).

· Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Blephamide. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

 

Where can I get more information?

· Your pharmacist has additional information about Blephamide written for health professionals that you may read.


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