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

How it works

Idoxuridine prevents the multiplication of the virus in human cells. Thus stops the virus from producing new viruses.

Common side effects

Itching, Pain, Inflammation, Eye swelling

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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



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


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


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

Content on this page was last updated on 02 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)