Visine Allergy is a non-prescription medication used to relieve symptoms of eye allergies, such as redness, itching, and watering. It is an ophthalmic solution containing two active ingredients: Naphazoline hydrochloride (0.025%) and Pheniramine maleate (0.3%).
Naphazoline is a vasoconstrictor. It works by narrowing swollen blood vessels in the eyes to reduce eye redness. Pheniramine is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of itchy or watery eyes. When applied as directed, it temporarily relieves discomfort caused by pollen, ragweed, grass, and animal danger.
Uses and Dosage
To use Allergy Eye drops, apply them in the affected eye(s) up to 4 times a day as needed or as directed by your doctor. Remove contact lenses before applying the eye drops. Wait at least 10 minutes after using this medication before inserting contact lenses. If your eyes are red, ask your doctor whether you should wear your contact lenses.
To use the drops, follow these steps:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling the drops.
- Tilt your head back and look up.
- Use your index finger to pull down the lower eyelid to create a small pocket.
- Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down. Do not touch the dropper to your eye or any other surface.
- Squeeze the dropper to release one or two drops into the pocket you created in step 3.
- Close your eyes and gently press your finger to the corner of your eye near your nose. This will help prevent the medication from draining out of your eye and into your tear ducts.
- Keep your eyes closed and tilt your head down for a few seconds to allow the drops to spread evenly over the surface of your eye.
- Release your finger from the corner of your eye and blot any excess liquid from your skin with a tissue.
If you use Allergy Eye drops excessively, you may experience rebound effect when the medication wears off, leading to an increase in eye redness. In such a case, you should inform your doctor and refrain from using this medication for more than 3-4 days at a time. If your condition persists or worsens after 72 hours, or if you suspect a serious medical issue, stop the medication, and seek immediate medical attention.
Common Side Effects of Visine Allergy (Naphazoline/Pheniramine Maleate -non-Rx):
- Blurred vision
- Dilated pupils
- Eye stinging or redness
Serious Side Effects of Visine Allergy (Naphazoline/Pheniramine Maleate -non-Rx):
- Changes in your vision
- Difficulty breathing
- Eye pain
- Ongoing or worsening eye redness
- Swelling of your face lips tongue or throat
Form and Strength
Visine Allergy (Naphazoline/Pheniramine Maleate -non-Rx) is available in the following forms and strength:
Visine Allergy: Eyedrops
- Do not use the medication for prolonged periods without consulting a healthcare professional.
- Do not use the medication if you have glaucoma, or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the solution.
- Do not use the medication if you have had eye surgery or an eye injury.
- Do not use the medication in children under the age of six years without consulting a healthcare professional.
- The medication may cause temporary stinging or burning in the eyes and may temporarily blur vision.
- If the symptoms of eye allergies persist or worsen after using the medication, or if you experience new symptoms, it is recommended to consult a healthcare professional.
- Do not exceed the recommended dosage or frequency of administration.
- Do not share the medication with others, as it may not be safe or effective for them.
- Discard any leftover medication after the recommended period of use has passed, as it may not be safe or effective to use after that time.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult a healthcare professional before using the medication, as there may be potential risks or adverse effects.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Visine Allergy be used while pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult a healthcare professional before using Visine Allergy, as there may be potential risks or adverse effects.
How often can I use Visine Allergy?
Visine Allergy should be used as directed on the label. Do not use the medication for prolonged periods without consulting a healthcare professional.
Can Visine Allergy be used with other eye medications?
Consult a healthcare professional before using Visine Allergy with other eye medications, as there may be potential interactions or adverse effects.
How quickly does Visine Allergy work?
Visine Allergy usually works within a few minutes of application. If you do not experience relief of symptoms, or if symptoms worsen, consult a healthcare professional.
Can I use expired Visine Allergy?
Use expired Visine Allergy, as it may not be as effective or safe to use. Discard any unused medication after the recommended period of use has passed.