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

Viroptic Overview


Viroptic is a prescription medication used to treat a viral infection of the eye caused by herpes simplex virus. This medication belongs to a group of drugs called antiviral agents. Viroptic works by stopping the growth of the 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 Viroptic include mild, short-term burning or stinging upon use and eyelid swelling.

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Side Effects of Viroptic

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

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

This is not a complete list of Viroptic 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.