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Vitreolent

Uses|Precautions & warnings|Side effects|Interactions|Dosage

Uses

Disclaimer: this brand is not currently available for sale or use in the Philippines. The information provided here is for informational purposes only.

What is Vitreolent® (potassium iodide, sodium iodide) used for?

Vitreolent® is an ophthalmic (eye) drop preparation. It is intended to treat vitreous floaters, which are spots or shadows seen in a person’s field of vision.

Floaters are a result of degeneration or change of the vitreous humor (the jelly-like substance in the eyeball). The change in consistency causes clumping of microscopic fibers in the eye that create spots and shadows in your vision.

Floaters are generally not harmful or disabling, but if the condition bothers you surgery is generally the most viable treatment option.

This medication is not FDA approved in the Philippines for the purpose of treating vitreous floaters.

How should I take Vitreolent® (potassium iodide, sodium iodide)?

Take as directed by your doctor or follow the direction printed on the product insert.

How do I store Vitreolent® (potassium iodide, sodium iodide)?

This drug should be stored at room temperature (<30°C) and be protected from light. Do not allow this product to freeze. Always check the label before using this product. For safety, keep out of the reach of children and pets.

Do not use if the printed expiration date has passed, the product seal has been broken, or the product has changed in color, odor, or consistency.

Do not dispose of this product by pouring it down the drain, toilet, or into the environment. Ask your pharmacist regarding the proper way and location of disposal.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Vitreolent® (potassium iodide, sodium iodide)?

This drug is contraindicated in case of:

  • You have hypersensitivity to iodine.
  • You have hypersensitivity to any ingredients of this drug.
  • You have functional disorders of the thyroid gland or mild nodular goiter.

Patients with blurred vision after application of Vitreolent® should refrain from driving or operating machinery until completely clear vision.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

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

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Vitreolent® (potassium iodide, sodium iodide)?

All drugs have the potential to elicit side effects even with normal use. Many side effects are dose-related and will resolve when it is adjusted or at the end of therapy.

Potential side effects while using this drug include:

  • Slight burning
  • Tingling
  • Teary eyes
  • Overactive thyroid gland
  • Acne flare-up
  • Blurred vision (prolonged)

You may experience some, none, or other side effects not mentioned above. If you have any concerns about a side effect or it becomes bothersome, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Vitreolent® (potassium iodide, sodium iodide)?

Vitreolent® 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.

For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Vitreolent® (potassium iodide, sodium iodide)?

Vitreolent® 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® (potassium iodide, sodium iodide)?

Vitreolent® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. 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. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Vitreolent® (potassium iodide, sodium iodide).

What is the dose of Vitreolent® (potassium iodide, sodium iodide) 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 of Vitreolent® (potassium iodide, sodium iodide) for a child?

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

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients who are under 12 years old. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before administering it. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Vitreolent® (potassium iodide, sodium iodide) available?

Vitreolent® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Vitreolent® eye drops 10ml

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 16, 2020

Vitreolent. https://www.medicine-online.org/en/quality-products/2424-vitreolent-kolir-10-ml-.html. Accessed July 16, 2020

Eye floaters. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eye-floaters/symptoms-causes/syc-20372346. Accessed July 16, 2020

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Medically reviewed by Stephanie Nicole Nera, RPh, PharmD
Written by Stephanie Nicole Nera, RPh, PharmD
Updated Jul 31, 2020
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