Idoxuridine

Description

Idoxuridine, the primary ingredient of Idoxuridine, is available as an ophthalmic solution (eye drops) and ophthalmic ointment (eye ointment). Idoxuridine is used for the treatment of simplex keratitis, eye infection in the cornea caused by the herpes simplex virus. The ophthalmic ointment form of this medicine is used to treat the lesions due to simplex keratitis epithelial infection.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Idoxuridine

  • Eye swelling
  • Eye pain
  • Visual impairment
  • Itching eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light

Uses of Idoxuridine

What is it prescribed for?

  • Herpes simplex keratitis
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to idoxuridine, or any other inactive ingredients present along with this medicine.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
General warnings

Bacterial or fungal infection of the eye

This medicine is not recommended for the treatment of bacterial or fungal infections of the eye or eyes.

Deep ulceration of the layers of the cornea

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with deep ulceration of the stromal layers of the cornea due to the risk of adverse effects. Appropriate dose adjustment or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Driving or operating machinery

Use of this medicine may cause blurred vision in some patients. If you experience blurred vision, it is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery until your vision clears.

Other uses

Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for indications other than those stated above in certain specific circumstances, especially if other medicines are not effective. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor in such cases.

Missed Dose

Administer/apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not instill a double dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Corticosteroids

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Use this medicine exactly as prescribed. Do not administer or apply in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine prevents the growth of the viruses that are responsible for eye infections.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Antiviral agents

Schedule

Schedule H

Idoxuridine Ophthalmic: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2018 [cited 10 December 2018]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a601062.html

Idoxuridine - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 10 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00249

Idoxuridine [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 10 December 2018]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/idoxuridine

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Information on this page was last updated on 4 Feb 2019

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