Viroptic

Generic Name: Trifluridine

  • What is Viroptic?

    Viroptic is an eye drop medicine used to treat keratoconjunctivitis (inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva) and epithelial keratitis (inflammation of the cornea) caused by herpes simplex virus, type 1 and 2.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Viroptic?

    Viroptic solution is for use in your eyes only.

    Viroptic can cause mild irritation in your eyes when applied; these effects are temporary.

    If you use Viroptic for a long period of time, it can lead to the growth of viruses that might not respond to this medicine or other medications.

  • Who should not take Viroptic?

    Do not use Viroptic if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Viroptic?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Viroptic. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you 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.

    Adults and children ≥6 years: Apply 1 drop in the affected eye(s) every 2 hours while awake, up to 9 times a day, until your eye is completely healed. Your doctor may recommend an additional 7 days of 1 drop every 4 hours while awake for a minimum of 5 times a day.

  • How should I take Viroptic?

    Apply Viroptic exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use extra doses or use more often without asking your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Viroptic?

    Do not touch the applicator tip to the eye, fingers, or other source, as this can contaminate Viroptic.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Viroptic?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Viroptic at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Viroptic?

    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 or stinging in your eyes, diseases of the cornea, eye swelling, increased eye pressure, redness in your eye

  • Can I receive Viroptic if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Viroptic 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 Viroptic?

    If you miss a dose of Viroptic, 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 Viroptic?

    Store in the refrigerator.