Trifluridine

Trifluridine treats herpes keratitis (viral infection of the eye caused by the herpes simplex virus. Do not use for more than 21 days.

Trifluridine Overview

Reviewed: October 14, 2013
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Trifluridine is a prescription medication used to treat a viral infection of the eye. This medication belongs to a group of drugs called antiviral agents. Trifluridine works by stopping the growth of the herpes simplex virus.

This medication comes in eye drop solution form and is applied to the affected eye every 2 hours while awake for a maximum daily dosage of 9 drops the first day. Then treat for an additional 7 days with 1 drop every 4 hours while awake for a minimum daily dosage of 5 drops.

Common side effects of trifluridine include mild, short-term burning or stinging upon use and eyelid swelling.

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Trifluridine Brand Names

Trifluridine may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Trifluridine Drug Class

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Side Effects of Trifluridine

Serious side effects have been reported with trifluridine See the “Drug Precautions” section.

Common side effects of trifluridine include mild, short-term burning or stinging upon use and eyelid swelling.

This is not a complete list of trifluridine side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

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