What is this medication for?
This medication is used for the control of increased eye pressure for people with open-angle glaucoma (a condition occurring when there is a build up of fluid and pressure in the eye). Dipivefrin is converted by the body into the substance epinephrine which helps lower eye pressure by decreasing the amount of fluid produced and by allowing it to leave the eye more readily. Dipivefrin eye drops may be used alone or in combination with other eye medications.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are using this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose of dipivefrin eye drops is one drop in each affected eye every 12 hours.
Avoid contamination of the dropper tip, which may result from contact with the eye, skin, or any other surface.
Do not use the eye drops if they appear discolored.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not instill a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature in a tight, light resistant container. Keep it out of the reach of children.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication if you:
- are allergic to dipivefrin or any ingredients of the medication
- have narrow-angle glaucoma