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What is this medicine?

PREDNISOLONE; SULFACETAMIDE (pred NISS oh lone; sul fa SEE ta mide) is a combination of a steroid and a sulfa antibiotic. It helps to reduce swelling, redness, and itching of the eye. It also is used to treat eye infections.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • infection (especially a viral infection such as chickenpox, cold sores, or herpes)
  • cataracts
  • glaucoma
  • wear contact lenses
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to sulfa drugs, corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use in the eye. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Shake well before using. Tilt your head back slightly and pull your lower eyelid down with your index finger to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to your eye, fingertips, or any other surface. Squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the pouch. Close the eye gently to spread the drops. Your vision may blur for a few minutes. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your doctor or health care professional even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop using except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

               
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