Geneyes



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Generic Name: tetrahydrozoline ophthalmic
(TE tra hye DROZ oh leen)

What is Geneyes?

Geneyes narrows the blood vessels (veins and arteries) in your eyes.

Geneyes is used to relieve redness, burning, irritation, and dryness of the eyes caused by wind, sun, and other minor irritants.

Geneyes may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Geneyes?

You not use Geneyes without a doctor's advice if you have glaucoma.

Do not use this medication while you are wearing contact lenses. This medication may contain a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using tetrahydrozoline before putting your contact lenses in.

Do not allow the dropper tip to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

Do not use Geneyes more often than recommended, or use it for longer than 48 to 72 hours without a doctor's advice. Long-term use of this medication may damage the blood vessels in the eyes. Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using Geneyes?

You not use Geneyes without a doctor's advice if you have glaucoma.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • heart disease or coronary artery disease
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes; or
  • a thyroid disorder.

FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether tetrahydrozoline nasal passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medication to a child without a doctor's advice.

How should I use Geneyes?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Do not use Geneyes more often than recommended, or use it for longer than 48 to 72 hours without a doctor's advice. Long-term use of this medication may damage the blood vessels in the eyes. Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

Wash your hands before and after using the eye drops.

Do not use this medication while you are wearing contact lenses. This medication may contain a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using tetrahydrozoline before putting your contact lenses in.

To apply the eye drops:

  • Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid. Hold the dropper above the eye with the dropper tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye.
  • Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct. If you use more than one drop in the same eye, wait about 5 minutes before putting in the next drop.
  • Do not allow the dropper tip to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.

Store Geneyes at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle properly capped.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do notuse extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of Geneyes is not likely to cause life-threatening symptoms.

What should I avoid while using Geneyes?

Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.

Do not use any other eye medications that have not been prescribed or recommended by your doctor.

Do not use Geneyes while wearing contact lenses. If you wear contact lenses take them out or talk to your doctor before using the medication.

What are the possible side effects of Geneyes?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using tetrahydrozoline and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • severe burning, stinging, redness, or swelling of your nose
  • fast or pounding heartbeats; or
  • increased blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, trouble concentrating, chest pain, numbness, seizure).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • burning, stinging, pain, or increased redness of the eye
  • tearing or blurred vision
  • nausea
  • nervousness, dizziness, drowsiness;
  • sleep problems (insomnia); or
  • headache.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Geneyes?

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you also use any of the following drugs:

  • an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate); or
  • a beta-blocker such as atenolol (Tenormin), labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol), propranolol (Inderal, InnoPran), sotalol (Betapace), timolol (Blocadren), and others.

This is not a complete list and there may be other drugs that can interact with Geneyes. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about Geneyes.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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