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Naphazoline ophthalmic

Generic Name: Naphazoline ophthalmic [na-FAZ-o-leen-off-THE-mick] Brand names: Clear Eyes, Clear Eyes + Redness Relief, Redness Relief Eye Drops, AK-Con, Albalon,… show all 16 brands
Dosage Formats: Ophthalmic gel-forming solution (0.012 percent) and ophthalmic solution (0.012 percent; 0.012% with glycerin)
Classification of Drugs: Ophthalmic antihistamines and decongestants

What is Naphazoline ophthalmic?

Naphazoline acts as a vasoconstrictor. It works by narrowing the swollen blood vessels within the eyes to decrease the redness of the eyes.

Naphazoline eye drops (for the eyes) are a temporary remedy for minor eye redness or irritations caused by minor irritations.Naphazoline ophthalmic can also be used to treat conditions that are not covered in this guide.

Side effects of Naphazoline ophthalmic

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you experience any of the following symptoms as warning signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue,

Naphazoline ophthalmics can cause severe adverse reactions. Stop using naphazoline ophthalmic immediately and contact your doctor immediately in the event of:

  • Chronic or worsening redness in the eyes;
  • Eye pain in the eye;
  • Vision changes;
  • Chest pain, rapid or irregular heart rate,
  • Extreme headache with a buzzing sensation in your ear, anxiety, disorientation, or feeling sluggish.

Common adverse effects of naphazoline eye drops could be:

  • Slight burning or stinging in the eye;
  • Eyes that are blurred, eyes with watery lenses,
  • Mild headache, dizziness, and nervousness.

This is not a comprehensive list of possible side effects, and others could happen. Consult your physician for advice regarding medical effects. You can report any symptoms to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Naphazoline is used for the short-term relief of minor eye redness and irritation caused by minor irritations.It is not recommended to use naphazoline eye drops if you suffer from narrow-angle glaucoma.

Stop using naphazoline and consult your physician immediately if you notice ongoing or worsening redness in your eyes, eye pain, blurred vision, extreme headache or dizziness, hearing a buzzing sound, or feeling tired.

Before you take this drug

Naphazoline should not be used as an ophthalmic if you have an allergy to it or suffer from narrow-angle glaucoma.

Speak with a physician or pharmacist to determine if it's appropriate for you to take this medication in the event of any other medical conditions, such as:

  • The heart condition, high blood pressure;
  • Diabetes;
  • A thyroid disorder
  • An eye injury or an infection.

FDA pregnancy category C. It isn't known whether naphazoline ophthalmic can affect a newborn baby. Consult your physician if you are expecting or plan to become pregnant while taking this drug.

It isn't known if naphazoline ophthalmic gets into breast milk or if it can harm the nursing infant. Consult your physician if you are breastfeeding a baby.

How to Take Naphazoline ophthalmic?

Follow the directions on the label or as recommended by your physician. Avoid using in larger quantities, in smaller amounts, or for longer periods than suggested.

If you are taking the medication excessively or frequently, it could aggravate your symptoms. It can also result in damage to the veins in the eyes.Cleanse your hands prior to using the drops for your eyes.

To apply eye drops:

  • Adjust your head slightly and then pull your lower eyelids to create an eyelid pocket. Keep the dropper over your eye with the tips towards the lower. Take a look towards the sky to the side, away from where you are holding it, and squeeze out the drop.
  • Close your eyes, then gently push your fingers towards the inner corner of your eye for around one minute in order to stop the tears from draining out of the tear drain.
  • Only use the amount of drops that are recommended.

Don't touch the tip of the dropper to your eyes or put the dropper directly on your eyes. Drops that are contaminated can affect your eyes and could result in severe vision issues.Avoid using the eye drops if the fluid is changing color or has particles.

Storage at room temperature, free of heat and moisture. Don't freeze. Make sure the bottle is tightly sealed when not being used.

What happens If I miss a dose?

Since naphazoline is a prescription drug and is utilized when it is needed, it is possible that you are not on a schedule of dosing. If you're in a routine, you should take the dose you missed as quickly as you can remember. Do not take any missed doses if you are close to the time of the next scheduled dose. Do not take any additional medication to substitute for your missed dosage.

What happens If I overdose?

Naphazoline overdose isn't likely to be a danger. You should seek medical attention in an emergency or contact the Poison Helpline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event that anyone accidentally ingested the medicine.

Make sure that naphazoline ophthalmic is away from children. Certain eye medications could cause serious medical issues in children who accidentally swallow or suck drops of eye medication.

What should be avoided?

Do not take this medicine when wearing contact lenses. Naphazoline is an ophthalmic medication that may contain a preservative that could cause discoloration of soft contact lenses. Take a minimum of 15 minutes after taking this medication before inserting the contact lens.

Interaction with other drugs

Talk to a pharmacist or doctor about whether it is appropriate for you to take naphazoline ophthalmic when you're using any of these drugs:

  • An antidepressant—amitriptyline, clomipramine, desipramine, desvenlafaxine, doxepin, duloxetine, imipramine, maprotiline, milnacipran, nortriptyline, venlafaxine;
  • Ergot medicine—ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, methylergonovine;
  • An MAO inhibitor—furazolidone, isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.

This list isn't complete, and there are other medications that could affect naphazoline's eye drops. Discuss with your doctor the medications you are taking. This includes prescriptions, over-the-counter vitamins, and herbal remedies. Don't start an entirely new medication without consulting your physician.