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Natamycin Ophthalmic drops, suspension
Generic Name: Natacyn
What is this medicine?NATAMYCIN is an antifungal medicine. It is used to treat certain fungal eye infections. It will not work for bacterial or viral 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)
- wear contact lenses
- an unusual or allergic reaction to natamycin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
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.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
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.
What may interact with this medicine?Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other eye products without talking to your doctor or health care professional.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Check with your health care provider if your condition does not start to get better after 7-10 days, or if it gets worse. Check with your health care provider before using this medicine for any future eye problems.
If you wear contact lenses, ask your doctor or health care professional when you can use your lenses again.
If you get any sign of an allergic reaction, stop using your eye product and call your doctor or health care professional for advice.
Wear sunglasses if this medicine makes your eyes more sensitive to light.
To prevent the spread of infection, do not share eye products, towels and washcloths with anyone else. Throw away any unused eye products.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips or tongue
- changes in vision
- eye pain
- severe burning, stinging, or swelling of the eyelids
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):
- blurred vision for a few moments after application
- temporary redness or stinging for a few moments after application
- temporary watering of eyes
Where should I keep my medicine?Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at 2 to 24 degrees C (36 and 75 degrees F). Do not freeze. Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.