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Antiviral eye drops/ointment

Examples: Zovirax® (Aciclovir) eye ointment, Virgan® (Ganciclovir)
eye gel

How do they work?
Antiviral medications are used to treat infections caused by viruses.
They stop viruses from spreading or multiplying. Eye ointment or
drops are used to treat simple viral eye infections. Tablets or
suspensions might also be required in more severe cases. It can take
a few days before your child’s eyes feel or look better.
What should I tell the pharmacist or doctor?
Tell the pharmacist and doctor if your child is known to be allergic to
any antibiotic or other medication.
How to give eye drops/ointment
Before giving either drops or ointment, it is important to wash and dry
your hands.
Eye drops: You need to place only one drop in each eye. If you need
to give more than one type of eye drop, leave at least five minutes
between applying each type of medicine.
Eye ointment: Pull down the lower lid and squeeze about 1/2 a
centimetre (1/4 of an inch) of ointment into each eye. You need to
take care not to touch the eye with the end of the tube.
Contact lenses: should be removed before putting in eye drops. Wait
15 minutes before putting the contact lenses back in the eye. Check
with the pharmacist that the eye drops or ointment are safe to use
with contact lenses.
How often and for how long should I give antivirals?
Antivirals need to be given at regular times throughout the day. The=
pharmacist or doctor will tell you how frequently.

You should always complete the full course of treatment, even if
your child seems better. Otherwise, the infection could return.

What are the main side effects?
Mild side effects: Antivirals can sometimes cause eye irritation,
redness and swelling.
Allergic reactions: The signs of an allergic reaction can include:
• Severe redness, swelling and irritation of the eye or eyelids • Swelling of eyelids, lips or face • Difficulty breathing • Rash on the skin
If your child experiences any of these symptoms, stop the
medication and seek medical attention immediately.

How do you store antivirals?
Most antiviral drops/ointments can be stored at room temperature
and should be thrown away four weeks after you open them. Some
antivirals need to be stored in a fridge and some need to be thrown
away after one week. Check with your pharmacist when you need to
discard the medication.
Do not use medicines after the expiry date written on the packaging.

Need more information?
Please refer to the packaging and product leaflet for further
information or contact the pharmacy department on: 020 7566 2362


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