Drug Name: OCUHIST
NAPHAZOLINE WITH PHENIRAMINE - OPHTHALMIC (nah-FAZZ-oh-leen WITH fen-IRR-uh-meen, off-THAL-mick)
COMMON OCUHIST BRAND NAME(S):
Ak-Con-A, Naphcon-A, Opcon-A
OCUHIST SIDE EFFECTS:
OCUHIST may temporarily sting your eyes when you first use it. If stinging continues or becomes bothersome, inform your doctor. Vision may be blurred or unstable for a few minutes after applying eye drops. Use caution if driving or performing duties requiring clear vision. Inform your doctor if you develop: severe eye pain, headache, redness, itching or swelling in or around the eyes, vision problems. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
HOW TO USE OCUHIST:
OCUHIST: To apply eye drops, wash hands first. To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the dropper or let it touch your eye. Tilt your head back, gaze upward and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Place dropper directly over eye and administer the prescribed number of drops. Look downward and gently close your eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Place one finger at the corner of the eye near the nose and apply gentle pressure. This will prevent the medication from draining away from the eye. Try not to blink and do not rub the eye. Do not rinse the dropper. If you are using another kind of eye drop, wait at least five minutes before applying other eye medications.
Naphazoline is a decongestant and pheniramine is an antihistamine. This combination is used to relieve redness, puffiness, itchy and watering eyes associated with colds, allergies or eye irritations.
Tell your doctor if you have: eye problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid disorder, heart disease, asthma, allergies (especially to sulfites). OCUHIST should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
OCUHIST DRUG INTERACTIONS:
Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take, especially: medication for blood pressure, depression. If you are using another kind of eye drop, wait at least five minutes before applying other medications. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.
MISSED OCUHIST DOSE:
Do not double dose if missed, but use it as soon as remembered. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular dosing schedule.
Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture. Do not freeze.