What is Bleph-10?Bleph-10 is an antibiotic known as a sulfonamide that comes as eye drops. Bleph-10 is used to treat conditions due to bacterial infection in your eyes, such as conjunctivitis ("pink eye"), and it is used in addition to the main therapy of trachoma.
What is the most important information I should know about Bleph-10?Bleph-10 is for use in your eyes only.
Bleph-10 can cause allergic reactions involving blood disorders, liver problems, or skin reactions.
Bleph-10 can cause bacterial and fungal corneal ulcers. If you experience discharge of pus or worsening inflammation or pain, stop using Bleph-10 and contact your doctor.
If you use Bleph-10 for a long period of time, it can cause infections, including fungal infections, that might not respond to this medicine or other medications. If you notice a new infection, stop using Bleph-10 and contact your doctor for an alternate therapy.
Bleph-10 may not work against certain types of bacterial infections.
Who should not take Bleph-10?Do not use Bleph-10 if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, or other sulfonamide antibiotics (such as sulfamethoxazole or sulfadiazine).
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Bleph-10?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Bleph-10. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of liver problems, blood disorders, allergies to sulfonamide antibiotics, or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Conjunctivitis and Other Bacterial Infections
Adults and children ≥2 months: Apply 1-2 drops into the affected eye(s) every 2-3 hours for 7-10 days. The doctor may reduce your dose as your condition improves.
Adults and children ≥2 months: Apply 2 drops into the affected eye(s) every 2 hours.
For certain types of infection, your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to be taken by mouth.
How should I take Bleph-10?Apply Bleph-10 exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take extra doses or take more often without asking your doctor.
What should I avoid while taking Bleph-10?Do not touch the applicator tip to the eye, fingers, or other source, as this can contaminate Bleph-10.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Bleph-10?If Bleph-10 is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Bleph-10 with silver preparations.
What are the possible side effects of Bleph-10?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: allergic reactions; burning, irritation, and stinging of your eye; increased blood flow in your eye; infections
Can I receive Bleph-10 if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Bleph-10 during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Bleph-10?If you miss a dose of Bleph-10, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.
How should I store Bleph-10?Store in the refrigerator or at room temperature.