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Puradex 1mg/ml eye drops, solution
Puradex 1mg/ml eye drops, solution
1 What Puradex is and what it is used for
2 What you need to know before you use Puradex
3 How to use Puradex
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store Puradex
6 Contents of the pack and other information
Puradex contains dexamethasone which is a corticosteroid used to stop inflammatory symptoms (such as pain, heat swelling and redness).
This medicine is used to treat inflammation of your eye(s).
If you have an infected eye (red eye, tears and mucous), you will be given another medicine to take at the same time as this medicine. See section 2.
Does not contain any preservatives.
Tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before using this medicine.
DO NOT INJECT, DO NOT SWALLOW.
Avoid contact between the dispenser tip and the eye or eyelids.
Talk to your doctor if you notice swelling and weight gain around your middle and in your face as these are usually the first signs of a condition called Cushing’s syndrome. Decrease in the function of the adrenal gland may develop after stopping a long-term or intensive treatment with this medicine. Talk to your doctor before stoppng the treatment by yourself. These risks are especially important in children and patients treated with a drug called ritonavir or cobicistat.
Tell your doctor if you have blurred vision or other visual disturbances.
If you are using any other eye medicine, wait 15 minutes between using each medicine.
Tell your doctor if you are using ritonavir or cobicistat, as these medicines may increase the amount of dexamethasone in the blood.
Using eye drops containing steroids and eye drops containing betablockers (to treat high pressure in the eye) together may cause settling of calcium phosphate on the surface of the eye.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using or have recently used or might use any other medicines.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using this medicine.
You may have blurred vision for a short time after using your drops. Wait until your vision is normal before you drive or use machines.
This medicine contains 104 micrograms phosphates in each drop.
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The usual dose is 1 drop, 4 to 6 times a day in the eye to be treated. If your condition is more serious, you may be told to start with 1 drop every hour and then change to 1 drop every 4 hours, after the medicine has started to work. It is important to lower the dose slowly to stop the condition getting worse again.
This medicine should be administered in the eye.
1. Wash your hands well before using these drops.
2. Look upwards and pull the lower eyelid down with your finger. Put one drop into the eye to be treated.
3. Immediately after you have put the eye drop in, press lightly with your finger on the inside corner of your eye, nearest your nose for a few minutes. This helps to stop the eye drops spreading into the rest of your body.
4. Avoid contact between the tip of the dispenser and the eye or eyelids.
4 to 6 times a day.
You will usually need to use your drops for a few days and no longer than 14 days.
Rinse the eye with sterile water if you have put too much medicine in your eye and your eye feels sore.
Immediately tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not use a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
Do not stop using this medicine suddenly. Always tell your doctor if you are thinking about stopping the treatment.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data):
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
If you suffer from severe damage to the clear layer at the front of the eye (the cornea), phosphates may cause in very rare cases cloudy patches on the cornea due to calcium build-up during treatment.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Store below 25°C. After first opening, this product may be stored for a maximum of 28 days below 25°C.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the container after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6ml solution in a white opaque 11ml LDPE bottle with white Novelia nozzle (HDPE and silicone) and a white HDPE cap, clear colourless solution, with no visible particles.
This leaflet was last revised in 12/2023
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