Vira-A

(Generic versions may still be available.)

DRUG DESCRIPTION

VIRA-A is the trade name for vidarabine (also known as adenine arabinoside and Ara-A), an antiviral drug for the topical treatment of epithelial keratitis caused by Herpes simplex virus. The chemical name is 9H-Purin-6-amine, 9-?-D-arabinofuranosyl-, monohydrate.

Each gram of the ophthalmic ointment contains 30 mg of vidarabine monohydrate equivalent to 28.11 mg of vidarabine in a sterile, inert, petrolatum base.

What are the possible side effects of vidarabine ophthalmic (Vira-A)?

Serious side effects are not expected to occur with the use of this medication.

Commonly, some burning, stinging, pain, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, tearing, or sensitivity to light may occur. Continue to use vidarabine and talk to your doctor about any side effects that you...

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Vira-A Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Vira-A

Generic Name: vidarabine ophthalmic (Pronunciation: vye DARE a been)

  • What is vidarabine ophthalmic (Vira-A)?
  • What are the possible side effects of vidarabine ophthalmic (Vira-A)?
  • What is the most important information I should know about vidarabine ophthalmic (Vira-A)?
  • What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using vidarabine ophthalmic (Vira-A)?
  • How should I use vidarabine ophthalmic (Vira-A)?
  • What happens if I miss a dose (Vira-A)?
  • What happens if I overdose (Vira-A)?
  • What should I avoid while using vidarabine ophthalmic (Vira-A)?
  • What other drugs will affect vidarabine ophthalmic (Vira-A)?
  • Where can I get more information?

What is vidarabine ophthalmic (Vira-A)?

Vidarabine is an antiviral medication. The exact way that vidarabine works against viruses in the eye is unknown.

Vidarabine ophthalmic is used to treat eye infections caused by the herpes virus.

Vidarabine ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of vidarabine ophthalmic (Vira-A)?

Serious side effects are not expected to occur with the use of this medication.

Commonly, some burning, stinging, pain, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, tearing, or sensitivity to light may occur. Continue to use vidarabine and talk to your doctor about any side effects that you experience.

What is the most important information I should know about vidarabine ophthalmic (Vira-A)?

Contact your doctor if your symptoms begin to get worse or if you do not see any improvement after a few days.

Do not touch the tube opening to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The tube opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.

Vidarabine ophthalmic may increase eye sensitivity to bright light. Wear sunglasses to prevent irritation.

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