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Idoxuridine

INFORMATION

Uses

Idoxuridine is used in the treatment of eye infections by herpes simplex virus.

How it works

Idoxuridine belongs to a class of medication called nucleoside analogues. It stops the DNA replication and inhibits the virus from multiplying.

Common side effects

Eye irritation, Eye itching, Eye swelling, Increased sensitivity to light, Increased intraocular pressure, Eye redness

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Expert advice

  • Do not use eye products that contain boric acid while using idoxuridine as they may cause irritation.
  • It is important to use the eye drop carefully. Do not touch the dropper to your eye or any other surface. Close your eye after adding the solution and slightly press it with your finger.
  • Do not use contact lenses while on idoxuridine therapy unless approved by the doctor.
  • Idoxuridine increases sunlight sensitivity and hence it is advisable to wear sunglasses while outdoors.
  • Do not drive or use heavy machinery immediately after using these drops as usage can cause blurred vision.
  • Consult your doctor if symptoms of infection persist even after using Idoxuridine.
  • Idoxuridine is not effective in non-viral corneal inflammations following herpes simplex keratitis.

Frequently asked questions

Idoxuridine

Q.What is idoxuridine used for?
Idoxuridine is used to treat viral infections (keratitis) in the eye caused by herpes simplex

Q.How does idoxuridine work?
Idoxuridine belongs to a class of medication called nucleoside analogues. It stops the DNA replication and inhibits the virus from multiplying

Q.Does idoxuridine need to be refrigerated?
Idoxuridine should be refrigerated but it should not be frozen.


Content on this page was last updated on 18 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)