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Minims Phenylephrine Hydrochloride 10%w/v Eye drops, solution
Clear, colourless, sterile eye drops containing Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Ph. Eur. 10% w/v.
For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.
Sterile single-use eye drop solution.
Phenylephrine is a directly acting sympathomimetic agent used topically in the eye as a mydriatic. It may be indicated to dilate the pupil in diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.
Apply one drop to each eye. If necessary, this dose may be repeated once only, at least one hour after the first drop.
Phenylephrine 10% is contraindicated in children aged below 12 years (see section 4.3).
There is no data in children aged 12 to 18 years. Phenylephrine is not recommended in these patients.
The use of phenylephrine 10% solution is contraindicated in this group because of the increased risks of systemic toxicity(see section 4.3).
Method of administration
The use of a drop of topical anaesthetic a few minutes before instillation of phenylephrine is recommended to prevent stinging.
Patients with cardiac disease, hypertension, aneurysms, thyrotoxicosis, long-standing insulin dependent diabetes mellitus and tachycardia.
Children aged below 12 years (see section 4.4).
The elderly, because of the increased risk of systemic toxicity.
Patients on monoamine oxidase inhibitors, tricyclic anti-depressants and anti-hypertensive agents (including beta-blockers).
Patients with closed angle glaucoma (unless previously treated with iridectomy) and patients with a narrow angle prone to glaucoma precipitated by mydriatics.
Hypersensitivity to phenylephrine or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.
Use with caution in the presence of diabetes, cerebral arteriosclerosis or long standing bronchial asthma.
To reduce the risk of precipitating an attack of narrow angle glaucoma evaluate the anterior chamber angle before use.
Ocular hyperaemia can increase the absorption of phenylephrine given topically.
Corneal clouding may occur if phenylephrine 10% is instilled when the corneal epithelium has been denuded or damaged.
Systemic absorption may be minimised by compressing the lacrimal sac at the medial canthus for one minute during and after the instillation of the drops. This blocks the passage of the drops via the naso-lacrimal duct to the wide absorptive area of the nasal and pharyngeal mucosa.
Use in children aged below 12 years is contraindicated, since serious systemic adverse reactions have been reported with ophthalmic products containing phenylephrine.
Use in children aged 12 to 18 years is not recommended as adequate clinical experience is missing.
Topical phenylephrine should not be used as it may reverse the action of many anti-hypertensive agents with possibly fatal consequences.
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
There is an increased risk of adrenergic reactions when used simultaneously with, or up to three weeks after, the administration of MAOIs.
The pressor response to adrenergic agents and the risk of cardiac arrhythmia may be potentiated in patients receiving tricyclic anti-depressants (or within several days of their discontinuation).
Because of the increased risk of ventricular fibrillation, phenylephrine should be used with caution during general anaesthesia with anaesthetic agents which sensitise the myocardium to sympathomimetics.
Cardiac Glycosides or Quinidine
There is an increased risk of arrhythmias.
Safety for use in pregnancy and lactation has not been established. This product should only be used during pregnancy if it is considered by the physician to be essential.
May cause stinging and temporarily blurred vision. Warn patients not to drive or operate hazardous machinery until vision is clear.
The frequency of the undesirable effects are not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).
Immune System Disorders
Eye pain, eye irritation, vision blurred, photophobia, allergic conjunctivitis.
Palpitations, tachycardia, extrasystoles, arrhythmias.
Arteriospasm coronary, ventricular arrhythmia and myocardial infarction. These sometimes fatal reactions have usually occurred in patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease.
Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions:
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme:
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Because a severe toxic reaction to phenylephrine is of rapid onset and short duration, treatment is primarily supportive. Prompt injection of a rapidly acting alpha-adrenergic blocking agent such as phentolamine (dose 2 to 5mg iv) has been recommended.
Pharmacotherapeutic group: Sympathomimetics excl. antiglaucoma preparations, ATC code: S01FB01
Mechanism of action
Phenylephrine is a direct acting sympathomimetic agent. It causes mydriasis via the stimulation of alpha receptors. There is almost no cycloplegic effect.
Maximal mydriasis occurs in 60- 90 minutes with recovery after 5 - 7 hours.
The mydriatic effects of phenylephrine can be reversed with thymoxamine.
Phenylephrine is a weak base at physiological pH. The extent of ocular penetration is determined by the condition of the cornea. A healthy cornea presents a physical barrier, in addition to which, some metabolic activity may occur. Where the corneal epithelium is damaged, the effect of the barrier and the extent of metabolism are reduced, leading to greater absorption
The use of phenylephrine in ophthalmology has been well-established for many years. No unexpected adverse safety issues were identified during the development of the Minims format.
Store below 25°C. Do not freeze. Protect from light.
A sealed conical shaped polypropylene container fitted with a twist and pull off cap. Each Minims unit is overwrapped in an individual polypropylene/paper pouch.
Each Minims unit should be discarded after a single use.
Any unused medicinal product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.
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