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Vitreolent (potassium and sodium iodide, eye preparation)

Vitreolent is the brand name of eye drops that contain potassium iodide and sodium iodide. As a disclaimer, this product is no longer available in the Philippines. This information only serves for educational purposes.

Vitreolent

Uses

What is Vitreolent used for?

  • Lens opacities
  • Hemorrhages into the vitreous body of the eye
  • Floaters

How should I take Vitreolent?

Read the directions on the packaging for complete information. Check the label and expiration date.

Using the dropper included, instill drops into the conjunctival sac of the lower eyelid. Do not touch the tip of the dropper with your finger, eye, or other parts of your body. Blink several times to distribute the solution on the eye.

How do I store Vitreolent?

Store this product at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store it in the bathroom or the freezer.

There may be different brands of this drug that may have different storage needs. So, it is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush this product down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Additionally, it is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & Warnings

What should I know before using Vitreolent?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if you are/have:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Taking any other medicines. This includes any prescription, OTC, and herbal remedies.
  • An allergy to any of the ingredients of this product.
  • Any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Unfortunately, there isn’t enough information about the safety of using this drug during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking any medication.

Side Effects

What side effects can occur from Vitreolent?

Like all drugs, this product may have side effects. If they occur, side effects are generally mild and resolve once treatment is finished or the dose is lowered. Some reported side effects include:

  • Stinging or burning sensation
  • Watery eyes
  • Blurred vision

However, not everyone experiences these side effects. In addition, some people may experience other side effects. So, if you have any concerns about a side effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Vitreolent?

This medication may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects.

To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist.

Does food or alcohol interact with Vitreolent?

This drug may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Vitreolent?

This drug may interact with underlying conditions. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. Therefore, it is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. Therefore, you should always consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using any medication.

What is the dose for an adult?

The recommended dosage is one drop into the conjunctival sac of the affected eye(s) 1-3 times a day.

What is the dose for a child?

There is no established pediatric dose. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Vitreolent available?

Currently, this drug is not available.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Vitreolent, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

Vitreolent https://www.mims.com/philippines/drug/info/vitreolent Accessed July 18, 2021

Potassium iodide https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/d00800a1 Accessed July 18, 2021

Sodium Iodide (Oral Route, Injection Route, Intravenous Route) https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/sodium-iodide-oral-route-injection-route-intravenous-route/description/drg-20066037 Accessed July 18, 2021

Posterior capsule opacification – laser treatment following cataract surgery https://www.rnib.org.uk/eye-health/eye-conditions/laser-treatment-following-cataract-surgery Accessed July 18, 2021

Vitreolent (SG). Lexi-Drugs. Lexicomp. Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. Riverwoods, IL. Accessed July 18, 2021. http://online.lexi.com

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Written by Stephanie Nicole Nera, RPh, PharmD Updated 7 days ago
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