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Benoxinate/fluorescein (Into the eye)

Benoxinate (ben-OX-i-nate), Fluorescein (FLURE-a-seen)

Numbs and adds contrast to your eyes so your doctor can view your eyes easily during an exam or procedure.

Brand Name(s):

Fluress, Flurox

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to fluorescein or benoxinate.

How to Use This Medicine:

Liquid

  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you have allergies, hyperthyroidism, or heart disease, or you wear contact lenses.
  • This medicine will numb your eyes. Do not touch your eyes until the effect of this medicine has worn off.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blurred vision
  • Severe pain or swelling of your eyes

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Burning or redness in your eyes

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 11/4/2014
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