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Fusidic acid eye drops

Use fusidic acid eye drops twice a day, morning and evening.

To make sure all infections are gone, use the drops two more days after your eye appears normal.

Your eyesight may be a little blurry for a short time after using the drops. If so, do not drive or use tools or machines until you can see clearly again.

Don't wear contact lenses until your symptoms have completely disappeared.

Fusidic acid eye drops

  • About fusidic acid eye drops
  • Before using fusidic acid eye drops
  • How do I use fusidic acid eye drops?
  • Get the most out of your treatment
  • Can fusidic acid eye drops cause problems?
  • How should fusidic acid eye drops be stored?
  • Important information about all medicines

About fusidic acid eye drops

Kind of medicineAnti-infectious eye drops
Used forTreatment of eye infections in adults and children
Available aseye drop

Fusidic acid eye drops are prescribed for eye infections caused by germs called staph bacteria. The drops kill the germs that are causing the infection.

Eye infections are a common cause of conjunctivitis. With conjunctivitis, your eye becomes inflamed, grainy to the touch, and has more water than usual to water. The whites of your eyes may look red, and your eyelids may swell and stick together with a discharge when you wake up in the morning. Only one eye can be infected at first, but it often spreads to both eyes. Most cases of infectious conjunctivitis clear up within a week without treatment. For more severe infections or for infections that do not resolve on their own, an antibiotic eye drop such as fusidic acid is helpful.

Before using fusidic acid eye drops

Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain medical conditions, and sometimes medicines can only be used if special care is taken. For these reasons, it is important that your doctor knows before you start using fusidic acid eye drops:

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to any medicine or other eye drops.
  • If you are taking or using other medicines. This includes any medicines you take that are available without a prescription, as well as herbal medicines and supplements.

How do I use fusidic acid eye drops?

Before starting treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information sheet on the pack. You will be given more information about the drops and a full list of the side effects that may occur with their use. If your eyes have an obvious discharge, or "crust," it may help to bathe them with cool, clean water before using the drops.

  1. Wash your hands before using the drops.
  2. Remove the cap from the tube.
  3. Tilt your head back a little and gently pull your lower eyelid out to form a pocket.
  4. Keep the tube near your eye. Try not to touch your eye while doing this.
  5. Gently squeeze the tube to release a drop into the pocket of your lower eyelid. Only use a second drop if the first drop did not get in your eye.
  6. Close your eye for a minute or two and press lightly on the side of your nose where the corner of your eye meets your nose. This will prevent the drop from flowing off and keep it in your eye.
  7. Repeat the process in your other eye if prompted to use the drops in both eyes.
  8. Replace the tube cap.

Get the most out of your treatment

  • Fusidic acid eye drops come as a gel in a tube. As the drop of gel gets into your eye, it will become more fluid.
  • Use the drops twice a day, morning and evening (unless you have told your doctor otherwise). Try not to miss any cans. If you forget to put the drops in on time, do it as soon as you remember.
  • The first time you put the drops in your eye, it may cause blurred vision. This should be clear quickly, but make sure you have a clear view before driving and before using any machinery or tools.
  • Your eye should feel better within a few days. Even if your eye appears normal again, some germs (bacteria) may still be present. It is important to use the drops for another two days as soon as your eye appears normal. This will help ensure that all germs have been killed.
  • Be careful not to spread the infection from one eye to the other and to other family members. Washing your hands regularly (especially after touching your eyes) and not sharing towels or pillows can help prevent the infection from spreading.
  • If the tube tip touches the eyes when the drops are inserted, it is a good idea to squeeze two or three drops onto some tissue immediately and rinse the tip with salt water.
  • Eye infections can make your eyes more sensitive to sunlight than usual. Wearing sunglasses can prevent this.
  • If you use other eye drops or eye ointments, you must wait at least five minutes between each preparation. This will prevent more fluid from getting into your eye than it can handle. Otherwise, the drops will overflow from your eye and will not have the intended effect.
  • If you usually wear contact lenses, wear your glasses instead until your symptoms have completely disappeared. After your last dose of eye, wait 24 hours before using your lenses again. There are two reasons for this advice: you shouldn't wear lenses while your eyes are inflamed, and the components of the eye drops can damage contact lenses.
  • If you think your infection isn't getting better after a week, make another appointment with your doctor. If you think your symptoms are getting worse despite using the drops, you should see a doctor right away. In particular, see your doctor again if your eye becomes painful, if light starts to hurt your eyes, or if your eyesight is impaired.

Can fusidic acid eye drops cause problems?

In addition to the beneficial effects, most drugs can cause undesirable side effects, but not everyone gets them. The table below lists the most common fusidic acid eye drops associated with. The best place to find a full list of side effects that may be associated with your medicine is from the manufacturer's printed information sheet that came with the drops. Alternatively, see the reference section below for an example of a manufacturer's information sheet. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side effects persist or become uncomfortable.

Common side effects of Fusidic acid eye drops (these affect less than 1 in 10 people)
If I find out what can I do?
Dry eyes; slight irritation, burning or itchingIf this continues or gets serious, talk to your doctor
Blurred visionThis should soon go away, but do not drive or use tools or machinery while affected

Occasionally, people may be allergic to eye drops, especially if the eye drops contain a preservative. If you notice a rash in your eyes, or any swelling or itching, see a doctor. If you experience any other symptoms that you think are due to eye drops, contact your doctor or pharmacist for further advice.

How should fusidic acid eye drops be stored?

  • Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
  • Throw away the tube after the treatment is finished, even if there is some gel left. Do not save opened tubes for later, as eye drops should not be used if the container has been opened for more than four weeks.

Important information about all medicines

If you suspect someone may have swallowed some of this medication, contact the Accident and Emergency Department at your local hospital for advice

When buying medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are safe to use with your prescribed medicines.

If you are going to have surgery or dental work, tell the person doing the treatment what medicines you are using.

This medication is for you. Never give it to anyone else, even if their condition is similar to yours.

Do not keep outdated or unwanted medicines. Take them to your local pharmacy who will dispose of them for you.

If you have any questions about this medicine, ask your pharmacist.

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Further literature and references

  • Manufacturer PIL, fusidic acid 1% viscous eye drops; Concordia International, The Electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated February 2014.

  • British National Formula; 72nd Edition (September 2016) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society (Great Britain), London

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