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Akpro (Generic Dipivefrin Ophthalmic)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Dipivefrin is an ophtalmic medication used to treat glaucoma, a condition where there is a rise in eye pressure that can cause a gradual loss of vision. By lowering the pressure inside the eye, dipivefrin works.

How should this medicine be used?

Dipivefrin for use in the eyes is available as a solution (liquid). Every 12 hours, dipivefrin eye drops are often used. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Apply dipivefin eye drops exactly as instructed. Use these only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often.

Eye drops containing dipivefrin can reduce glaucoma but cannot cure it. Even if you feel okay, keep applying dipivefrin eye drops to your eyes. Stop using dipivefrin eye drops only after consulting your doctor.

Follow these steps to administer the eye drops:

  • Use soap and water to thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Make sure the dropper tip is not broken or chipped by inspecting it.
  • Eye drops and droppers must be kept clean; avoid contacting the dropper tip to your eye or anything else.
  • Pull your lower eyelid down to create a pocket with your index finger while cocking your head back.
  • With your other hand, place the dropper as near to your eye as you can without touching it, tip down.
  • Place the hand’s remaining fingers to your face.
  • Squeeze the dropper gently while looking up so that a single drop falls into the lower eyelid’s pocket. Your index finger should be taken off the lower eyelid.
  • Tip your head down so that you are looking at the floor while closing your eyes for two to three minutes. Avoid blinking or squeezing your eyelids.
  • Give the tear duct a slight squeeze with your finger.
  • Use a tissue to remove any extra liquid from your face.
  • Wait at least 5 minutes before administering the subsequent drop if you need to use more than one in the same eye.
  • Replace and secure the dropper bottle’s cap. Never rinse or clean the dropper tip.
  • To get rid of any medication, wash your hands.

Other uses for this medicine

Other prescriptions for this drug are possible. For more information, consult your physician or pharmacist.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before using dipivefrin eye drops,

  • If you have an allergy to dipivefrin, epinephrine, sulfites, or any other medications, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away.
  • Let your doctor and pharmacist know what prescription and over-the-counter medicines, including eye meds and vitamins, you are taking.
  • If you have high blood pressure, heart disease, blood vessel disease, an irregular heartbeat, or asthma, let your doctor know.
  • Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Dial your doctor right away if you become pregnant while using dipivefrin eye drops.
  • Inform your doctor or dentist that you are using dipivefrin eye drops if you are undergoing surgery, including dental surgery.
  • When using dipivefrin eye drops in conjunction with another topical eye medicine, wait at least 10 minutes between the two applications.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

The missed dose should be administered as soon as you remember. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not provide a second dose.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Side effects from dipivefrin eye drops are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Eye discomfort or irritability
  • Eye swelling or discomfort
  • Distorted vision
  • Heightened sensitivity to brightness and light

Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Rapid or erratic heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Wheezing
  • Having trouble breathing

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it in the dark, away from extreme heat, and at room temperature (not in the bathroom). If this occurs, don’t take the medication; get some more.

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your doctor’s appointments. To determine how you will react to dipivefrin eye drops, your doctor will prescribe a few eye exams.

Do not share your medication with anybody else. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Akpro®
  • Propine®
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