Brand Names : Viroptic, trifluorothymidine
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine,
the risks of using the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do.
This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For trifluridine, the following
should be considered:
Allergies - Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or
allergic reaction to trifluridine. Also tell your health care professional
if you are allergic to any other substances, such as preservatives.
Pregnancy - Studies have not been done in humans. When injected
into developing chick embryos, trifluridine has been shown to cause birth
defects. However, studies in rats and rabbits have not shown that trifluridine
causes birth defects, although it did cause delayed bone formation in rats
and rabbits and death in unborn rabbits.
Breast-feeding - It is unlikely that trifluridine, used in the eyes,
is absorbed into the mother's body and passes into the breast milk. In addition,
trifluridine has not been reported to cause problems in nursing babies.
Children - Although there is no specific information comparing
the use of trifluridine in children with use in other age groups, it is not
expected to cause different side effects or problems in children than it does
Older adults - Many medicines have not been studied specifically
in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly
the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects
or problems in older people. There is no specific information comparing the
use of trifluridine in the elderly with use in other age groups.
Other medicines - Although certain medicines should not be used
together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together
even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to
change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your health care
professional if you are using any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter
[OTC]) medicine that is to be used in the eye.