OCUVIR contains a medicine called Acyclovir which belongs to the group of medicines called antiviral agents. It is used in the treatment of eye infection caused by Herpes simplex virus such as herpes simplex keratitis. Herpes simplex keratitis is a viral eye infection which mainly affects the cornea of your eyes and leads to eye pain, tearing, redness, eye irritation, foreign body sensation and sensitivity to bright light. Acyclovir works by killing or stopping the growth and multiplication of viruses on the front of the eyeball (cornea).
OCUVIR is for ophthalmic use only. Apply this medicine to the infected lower eyelid 5 times daily. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after application. Applying OCUVIR may cause blurred vision for 5 to 10 minutes after application. Do not drive or operate any tools or machines until you can see clearly again. Avoid wearing contact lenses while using this medicine.
The most common side effects of this medicine are eye irritation and mild stinging. They are usually temporary and disappears after some time. However, contact your doctor if they bother you. OCUVIR is considered safe for use in children, pregnant women and in lactating mothers. However, consult your doctor before application.
USES OF OCUVIR
Treats eye infection caused by Herpes simplex virus
HOW OCUVIR WORKS
Following ocular application, acyclovir penetrates deeply within the cornea and stops the growth and multiplication of virus particles that causes infections. It gets incorporated into the viral DNA and competitively inhibits the viral DNA polymerase enzyme which stops lengthening of viral DNA strand, prevents further multiplication of new viral cells and clears up your infection.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Wash your hands. Gently pull the lower eyelid of the infected eyelid with your finger. Tilt your head backwards and look up. Apply about 1 cm (1/2 inch) of this medicine to the inside of the infected lower eyelid 5 times daily or as directed by your physician. Space each application with four hours interval (such as 7am, 11am, 3pm, 7pm and 11pm). Close your eye and wait for at least 30 seconds. Wash your hands thoroughly after application.
OCUVIR is for ophthalmic use only. Avoid contact of this medicine with your nose, mouth or mucous membrane. Do not touch the tip of the tube with any part of your eye to avoid spread of infection. Your doctor will decide the correct dose and duration for you depending upon your age, weight and type of infection. Apply this medicine for at least 3 days after your eye has got better to avoid recurrence of infection.
SIDE EFFECTS OF OCUVIR
Allergic reaction (such as skin rash, itching, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of your body, shortness of breath, unexplained fever and feeling faint, especially when standing up
Eye irritation or foreign body sensation
Mild stinging in your eye
Conjunctivitis (swollen or runny eyes)
Superficial punctate keratopathy (corneal cell death)
HOW TO MANAGE SIDE EFFECTS
Eye irritation or foreign body sensation:
Wash your eyes with clean water. Do not rub or scratch the infected eye. Avoid looking at mobile phones, laptops, system or any other bright light source. Place an ice pack on the infected eye for a while, which may ease the irritation. If it does not get better, consult a doctor.
It is usually temporary and lasts for only about 5-10 minutes. Avoid traveling, driving or operating any tools or machines while you experience blurred vision.
WARNING & PRECAUTIONS
OCUVIR is considered safe for use during pregnancy. However, consult your doctor before application.
OCUVIR is considered safe for use during breastfeeding. However, consult your doctor before application.
DRIVING AND USING MACHINES
Do not drive or operate any tools or machines, because this medicine may cause blurred vision after application.
Do not use this medicine if you are allergic to acyclovir or valacyclovir or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
Before applying this medicine, inform your doctor if you are wearing contact lenses
This medicine is considered safe for use in children. However, consult your doctor before application
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you use, including non-prescription and prescription medicines, and herbal supplements.