Brolene 0.1% Eye Drops - 10ml
Bacterial eye infections
Drops: propamidine isetionate, Ointment: dibrompropamidine isetionate
How does it work?
Brolene eye drops and eye ointment contain the active ingredient propamidine, which is a type of medicine called an antibacterial. It is used to treat eye infections.
Propamidine works by stopping bacteria from growing and multiplying, which controls the numbers of bacteria causing an infection. The remaining bacteria die or are killed by the body's immune system. This treats the infection. Putting the medicine directly into the eye allows the medicine to act directly on the bacteria that are causing the infection.
Propamidine can be bought from pharmacies to treat minor eye infections of the eye, eg conjunctivitis, or the eyelids, eg blepharitis. It may also be prescribed by eye specialists in the treatment of a rare eye infection associated with contact lens use, called acanthamoeba keratitis.
What is it used for?
- Minor bacterial infections of the eye or eyelid, eg conjunctivitis, blepharitis.
- Rare eye infection associated with contact lens use, called acanthamoeba keratitis (only when prescribed by an eye specialist).
How do you use it?
If you are using the drops, one or two drops should be administered into the infected eye up to four times a day. If you are using the ointment, a strip of ointment approximately 1cm in length should be applied to the inside of the eyelid once or twice a day. Consult your doctor if there has been no significant improvement in your symptoms after two days use.
- This medicine is for use in the eye only and must not be taken by mouth.
- When using the eye drops or ointment you should take care to not touch the dropper or tube tip to any surface, or to your eye, in order to avoid contaminating the medicine.
- The eye drops and ointment may cause your vision to blur temporarily after you have applied them into your eye. Do not drive or operate machinery until this has worn off.
- You should not wear contact lenses while you are using Brolene. Wearing contact lenses when you have an eye infection can aggravate the condition. You should not wear your contact lenses for 24 hours after you have finished using this medicine.
- Do not use for longer than two days without consulting your doctor.
- Seek medical advice immediately if you have any problems with your vision or your symptoms get worse at any point during treatment.
- Brolene eye drops and ointment are sterile until opened. Any remaining medicine should be carefully disposed of four weeks after the first opening, as it is likely to be contaminated. You may find it helpful to write the date of first opening on the packet.
Not to be used in
- Known sensitivity or allergy to any ingredient.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
- There is no information available about the safety of this medicine during pregnancy. It should only be used during pregnancy if considered essential by your doctor. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
- There is no information available regarding the safety of this medicine during breastfeeding. It should only be used during breastfeeding if considered essential by your doctor. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
- Local sensitivity reactions.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer.
For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
How can this medicine affect other medicines?
It is important to tell your pharmacist what medicines you are already using, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you start treatment with this medicine. Similarly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before using any new medicines while using this one, to ensure that the combination is safe.
If you are using any other eye drops or ointments you should consult your doctor before using this medicine.
If you are using more than one type of eye drop you should administer them at least five minutes apart, to prevent the second drop washing away the first. Use eye gels or ointments last.