Naphazoline - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Naphazoline: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Naphazoline?

Naphazoline is a medicine (decongestant) used to relieve minor eye-related problems. Naphazoline ophthalmic (for the eye) has sympathomimetic properties (provides physiological effects by stimulating the sympathetic nerves), which aids in decreasing congestion in the eyes. 

Naphazoline is a vasoconstrictor, which means it typically works by narrowing the eye’s swollen blood vessels, thereby reducing the redness in the eye.

What are the uses of Naphazoline?

Using Naphazoline medication can provide relief from:

  • Redness
  • Puffiness
  • Dryness
  • Itchy or watering eyes that are caused due to several allergies, cold weather
  • Eye irritations caused due to swimming, wearing contact lenses, or smog
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What are the side effects of Naphazoline?

Common side effects of Naphazoline ophthalmic may include:

  • Stinging sensation or mild burning
  • Watery eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Mild headache
  • Nervousness
  • Dizziness

You must stop using Naphazoline and call your chemist or doctor immediately if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Worsening eye redness
  • Changes in your vision
  • Eye pain
  • Fast heart rate
  • Chest pain
  • Buzzing in your ears
  • Feeling short of breath
  • Anxiety or confusion

You must seek emergency medical help if you notice any of these allergic reaction signs:

  • Hives
  • Swelling of lips, face, tongue, or throat
  • Difficult breathing

You must exercise extreme precautions while using Naphazoline. Therefore, we recommend you consult our experts to know about the accurate dosages and precautions you need to take.


Frequently Asked Questions about Naphazoline

1. Is Naphazoline safe for kids?

Naphazoline is not recommended for infants and children, and therefore must not be administered to them. Using the same may cause a severe downfall or collapse of the central nervous system (CNS), which may further lead to unconsciousness. It can also cause a stark decline in their body temperature.

2. Is Naphazoline safe for eyes?

Serious side effects of using Naphazoline have not been reported much. However, you should avoid using this medication if you suffer from narrow-angle glaucoma. Furthermore, you must stop using Naphazoline ophthalmic and take your doctors’ suggestion if the redness in your eyes worsens or you have continuous eye pain, severe dizziness, headache, vision changes, or breathlessness.

3. Is Naphazoline an antihistamine?

Yes, Naphazoline is an antihistamine and a decongestant. This medication generally comes in liquid form and provides relief from minor eye allergies (caused due to environmental stimulants like pollen, dust, pet dander, or occasionally due to contact lenses). They can be applied topically or directly to the affected eye.

4. How long should you use Naphazoline?

You must use this medicine as suggested by our expert doctors. Generally, it is not advised to continue Naphazoline usage for more than 72 hours or if otherwise directed by your doctor. Ensure you do not use it frequently and in greater quantities! Doing so can further increase irritation and redness in the eye and lead to chances of severe side effects.

5. What happens if I miss a dose of Naphazoline?

If you have been recommended to use Naphazoline on a stipulated time regularly and somehow miss a dose, you can use it anytime you remember. However, if you are nearing the time or schedule of the next dose, you can easily skip the missed dose. Catch up with your next dose on time.

6. What should I avoid while using Naphazoline ophthalmic?

Ensure that you are not wearing contact lenses while you are using or applying Naphazoline ophthalmic. The preservatives used in the medication may discolor the soft contact lenses. We recommend you have a waiting period of about 15 to 20 minutes after using Naphazoline ophthalmic and before putting back your contact lenses.

7. What other drugs will affect Naphazoline ophthalmic?

If you are prescribed Naphazoline ophthalmic, let your doctor know if you are under the following medications or drugs:

  • Antidepressant (nortriptyline, amitriptyline, desipramine, clomipramine, maprotiline, doxepin, imipramine, or venlafaxine)
  • Ergot medication (methylergonovine, ergotamine, ergonovine, or dihydroergotamine)
  • An MAO inhibitor (phenelzine, selegiline, furazolidone, linezolid, isocarboxazid, rasagiline, or tranylcypromine)
  • Herbal medication or other vitamins

8. Can pregnant women take Naphazoline?

A Danish nationwide study suggests that exposure to Naphazoline eye drops is safe in the first trimester of pregnancy. However, many doctors opine that Naphazoline must be given to pregnant women only if crucial and needed.

9. Can I take Naphazoline while breastfeeding?

Not many studies exist for determining the risk factor among infants while using Naphazoline during breastfeeding. It is therefore not known if this medication is excreted in human milk. Therefore, nursing women must exercise caution while using the same.

10. Can I consume alcohol with Naphazoline?

No interactions have been found between alcoholic beverages and Naphazoline. This does not, however, mean that no interactions exist, and you can consume the medication alongside alcohol! Consult your doctor if you have an alcohol addiction and you have been prescribed the Naphazoline medication.

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