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Generic Name: trifluridine ophthalmic (trye FLURE i deen off THAL mik)
Brand Name: Viroptic
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Drug Information:
Trifluridine is an antiviral medicine that fights infections that are caused by certain viruses. Viroptic (for the eyes) is used to treat eye infections caused by herpes simplex virus, which can lead to swelling or ulcers in the eyelids or cornea (surface of the eyeball). Viroptic will not treat an infection that is caused by bacteria or fungus. Viroptic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use. Learn more

Viroptic Side Effects

Viroptic Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about trifluridine ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Viroptic.

Applies to trifluridine ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

Along with its needed effects, trifluridine ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Viroptic) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking trifluridine ophthalmic:


  • Blurred vision or other change in vision
  • dryness of eye
  • irritation of eye
  • itching, redness, swelling, or other sign of irritation not present before use of this medicine

Some side effects of trifluridine ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Burning or stinging

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

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