Package leaflet: Information for the user TETRACYCLINE VISION 10 mg/g eye ointment Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains important information for you.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others.
It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
What is in this leaflet
1. What Tetracycline Vision is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Tetracycline Vision
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Tetracycline Vision is and what it is used for
Tetracycline Vision belongs to a group of medicines, called tetracycline
antibiotics. These are active against a large number of microorganisms causing
different infections and inflammations. Tetracycline activity is realised through
slowing down or stopping the development of microorganisms. Tetracycline
Vision is active in case of bacterial infections only. It is indicated for the
treatment of superficial eye infections, caused by tetracycline-susceptible
Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids), inflammation of the ocular surface
(conjunctivitis), keratitis (inflammation of the cornea), dacryocystitis
(inflammation of the tear sac), sty, trachoma (a serious infectious eye
Pre- and postoperative prevention of inflammation in eye surgery; Prevention of neonatal conjunctivitis (a type of infection caused by
What you need to know before you use Tetracycline Vision Do not use Tetracycline Vision
if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to tetracycline or any of the other
ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to any other medicine of the group of
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor before using Tetracycline Vision.
If you experience itching and swelling of the eyelids, reddening of the eye,
swelling of the face or throat, skin rash or any other symptom of an allergic
reaction, stop using Tetracycline Vision and contact your attending
You may become more sensitive to sunlight while using Tetracycline
Vision. Avoid exposure to intensive sunlight during this period.
Prolonged use of Tetracycline Vision, as well as other antibiotic products,
may result in development of a superinfection with bacteria or fungi, non-
susceptible to the antibiotic. Apply Tetracycline Vision as long as
If you are pregnant, the risk for the baby should be evaluated very carefully
during the treatment with Tetracycline Vision.
The simultaneous administration of Tetracycline Vision with corticosteroids
for ocular use (dexamethasone, prednisolone or hydrocortisone) is not
recommended, since some unfavourable symptoms may be masked.
You should not wear contact lenses in case of available eye infection.
Other medicines and Tetracycline Vision
Tell your doctor if you are taking/using, have recently taken/used or might
Tetracycline Vision may affect the activity of other topical antibiotics (penicillin,
cephalosporins, aminoglycosides), for which, they should not be applied
The simultaneous administration of Tetracycline Vision with corticosteroids for
ocular use (dexamethasone, prednisolone or hydrocortisone) is not
recommended, since some unfavourable symptoms may be masked.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning
to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using this
If you are pregnant, making attempts to get pregnant or breast-feeding at present,
Tetracycline Vision should be administered with caution and by your attending
physician’s prescription only, since it may affect the skeletal development, bone
Driving and using machines
As with all products for ocular use, transient blurring of vision or other
disturbances may affect the ability to drive and use machines. You should wait
until your vision clears, before you start operating machines or driving.
Tetracycline Vision contains lanoline, propyl parahydroxybenzoate and methyl parahydroxybenzoate
In its composition, Tetracycline Vision eye ointment includes lanoline, which
may cause a local allergic reaction (for example, contact dermatitis).
In its composition, Tetracycline Vision eye ointment includes propyl
parahydroxybenzoate and methyl parahydroxybenzoate, which may cause
allergic reactions (possibly of a delayed type) and, very rarely, bronchospasm.
How to use Tetracycline Vision
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your
doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults and children: depending on the severity of condition, a strip of the eye
ointment with length of 1 – 1.5 cm is inserted into the conjunctival fold of the
lower eyelid 3 - 4 times daily and in more severe cases, up to 6 times daily.
The dosage and duration of the treatment are determined by the attending
physician, as the usual duration of treatment is 5 - 7 days.
The treatment should continue for 2 -3 days after symptom abatement.
In more severe eye infections, acute or chronic trachoma, the course of treatment
may continue for 1 - 2 months, as the topical application can be combined with
For prevention of neonatal conjunctivitis, a strip of the eye ointment with length
of 0.5 – 1 cm is inserted into the conjunctival folds of the lower eyelids of both
A new tube should be opened for each newborn baby!
During simultaneous application with another product for ocular use, the interval
between the applications of the two products should be at least 10 minutes, as the
Keeping hygiene during the application of the eye ointment and avoiding the
contact between the tip of the tube and the eye or surrounding objects are of
importance, since the tip may be contaminated, thus leading to development of
eye infection with serious sequels for the eye, even to loss of vision.
Always wash your hands before using the tube!
If you think that your tube is contaminated, contact your doctor before continuing
Instructions for use
Before you start using the tube, make sure that the protective strip between
the cap and the tube is not broken. Wash your hands and unscrew the cap.
Hold the tube between your thumb and index finger, as close
as possible to the eyelid, without touching it.
Tilt your head slightly forward and pull the lower eyelid
away from your eye to form a pouch between the eyelid and the
eye. The strip of the eye ointment will fall just into this place.
Pay attention not to touch the tip of the tube to the eye, eyelid or adjacent
surfaces. Squeeze carefully a strip of the ointment with length of about 1-1.5 cm, in
a way to fall into the formed pouch of the lower eyelid.
After you have applied Tetracycline Vision, close slightly the eyelid for 1-2
minutes and rotate the eyeball in all directions, to enable the spread of the ointment
Using a clean tissue, remove the excessive amount of the ointment from the
eyelid or eyelashes. Using another clean tissue, wipe the tip of the tube and close it
If it is necessary to apply the eye ointment in the other eye, repeat all
previously described steps for the other eye.
Use this tube of Tetracycline Vision for your eyes only!
If you usemore Tetracycline Vision than you should
Tetracycline Vision can be rinsed out from the eye/eyes with tempered water.
If you forget to use Tetracycline Vision
Apply the dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost the time for your next
dose, continue according to your usual regimen. Do not apply a double dose to
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or
Like all medicines, Tetracycline Vision can cause side effects, although not
There are reports of side effects, possibly related with the application of
tetracycline for ocular use, but these are mild and rapidly alleviating after
Blurred vision, sensation of burning, stinging, itching in the eye or eyelid,
reddening of the conjunctiva, swelling of the eyelid, lacrimation (excessive tear
Local allergic reactions – inflammation and irritation of the skin, rash, itching,
photodermatitis (increased sensitivity to sunlight and UV rays).
General allergic reactions – rash, itching/swelling (of the face, tongue, throat),
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor. This includes any possible side
How to store Tetracycline Vision
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
In-use period after first opening of the pack: 28 days at a temperature below
Dispose of the tube in 28 days after opening, to avoid eventual infections and
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not use this medicine if you notice any change in the appearance or
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures
Contents of the pack and other information What Tetracycline Vision contains
The active substance is tetracycline hydrochloride of 10 mg/g. The other ingredients are methyl parahydroxybenzoate; propyl
parahydroxybenzoate; paraffin, liquid; paraffin, hard; lanoline; paraffin,
What Tetracycline Vision looks like and contents of the pack
Tetracycline Vision 10 mg/g eye ointment is a yellow to dark yellow ointment
with homogenous consistency, no agglomerates and air bubbles.
Tetracycline Vision 10 mg/g eye ointment is packed in sterile, aluminium
cannula-fitted, lacquered tubes with a latex ring at the lower end, closed with a
plastic screw cap fitted with a “tamper-evident” ring.
1 (one) tube with a patient leaflet is inserted in a cardboard carton.
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This leaflet was last revised in November 2011.
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