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Eyebright

What is it?

Eyebright is an herbal medicine used to treat runny nose, sinus irritations, and red or sore eyes. When used for eye conditions, the herb is used as drops on the eye.

Other names for Eyebright include: Euphrasia.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease

Dosage:

Talk with your caregiver about how much Eyebright you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Eyebright. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.

Warnings:

  • Before taking Eyebright, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Use of Eyebright directly on the eyes is not recommended due to the danger of eye infections or of placing particles of the herb into the eye (2)

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

  • Large amounts may produce swelling of the eyelids, changes in vision, confusion, tears, sneezing, toothache, cough, difficulty sleeping, sweating, difficulty in seeing in bright light, weakness, and stomach upset (3)

References:

1. Anon: British Herbal Pharmacopoeia. British Herbal Medicine Association, Keighley, UK; 1983.

2. Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD: Herbal Medicines. A Guide for Health-care Professionals. Pharmaceutical Press, London, UK; 1996.

3. Duke JA: Handbook of Medicinal Herbs. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL; 1985.


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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