AK-Con

1 What is AK-Con?

Brand: AK-Con, Albalon, Allersol, Clear Eyes, Naphcon, Ocu-Zoline, Casoclear

Generic: Naphazoline ophthalmic

AK-Con is used to relieve redness due to minor eye irritations, such as those caused by colds, dust, the wind, smog, pollen, swimming or wearing contact lenses.

Some of these preparations are available only with your doctor’s prescription.

This product is available in the following forms:

  • Solution
  • Gel/Jelly

2 What To Know Before Using

As with all medicines, the risks must be compared to how much AK-Con will help you. This is a decision that you and your doctor will make together.

For this medication, there are many things that need to be considered:

  • Allergies: Inform your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to Doxorubicin or to any other medications. It is also important to inform your doctor of any non-medicine allergies such as foods, dyes, preservatives or animals.
  • Pediatric: Infants and children are very sensitive to the effects of Naphazoline. Use is not recommended.
  • Geriatric: No appropriate studies have been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of this medication in the elderly. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
  • Pregnancy: This medication is listed as Pregnancy Category C. This means that animal studies have shown an adverse effect and no studies have been performed on pregnant women OR there are no adequate studies on pregnant animals and pregnant women.
  • Breastfeeding: There are no up-to-date studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication while breastfeeding. Weigh the potential risks with the benefits before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
  • Drug Interactions: Certain medications should not be used together. However, in certain cases, two medications may be used together, even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change your dose or take other precautions. When taking this medication, it is important that you inform your doctor if you are taking any of the medications listed below.The following interactions were selected on the basis of potential significance and are not all-inclusive.
  • Other Interactions: Certain medications should not be used while eating, or while eating certain foods in case of negative interactions. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medications may also cause negative interactions. Talk with your doctor about the use of your medication with food, alcohol or tobacco.
  • Other Medical Problems: Pre-existing medical problems may affect the use of this medication. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
    • Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
    • Heart disease.
    • High blood pressure (hypertension).
    • Overactive thyroid - This medication may make these conditions worse.
    • Eye disease, infection or injury - The symptoms of the condition may be confused with possible side effects of this medication.
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3 Proper Usage

Do not take AK-Con if it becomes cloudy or changes color. This medication should not be used in infants and children.

It may cause severe slowing of the central nervous system (CNS), which may lead to unconsciousness. It may also severely decrease the body temperature.

Only take this medication as directed by your doctor. Do not take more, less or for a longer or shorter period of time than your doctor tells you.

  • Wash your hands.
  • Tilt your head back and press your lower finger gently just beneath the lower eyelid.
  • Pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to make a space. Drop the medication into this space.
  • Let go of the eyelid and close your eyes. Do not blink.
  • Keep the eyes closed and apply pressure to the inner corner of the eye for 1-2 minutes to allow your eye to absorb the medication.

Do not touch the applicator tip to any surface. Keep the container tightly closed. This will help prevent infection of the eye.

Dosing

Different patients will be given a different dose of this medication based on the strength of the medication.  

The number of doses you take each day, the time between doses and the length of time you take this medication depends on the reason you are taking this medication.

The following information only includes the average dose of this medication. If your dose is different, do not change it without first speaking to your doctor.

For solution:

  • Adults - Use 1 drop no more than every 4 hours.
  • Children - Use is not recommended

Storage

Store this medication in a closed container at room temperature. Keep it away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not freeze. Keep our of the reach of children.

Do not keep expired medication or medication you no longer need. Ask your doctor how to dispose of any medication you do not use.

4 Precautions To Take

If eye pain or change in vision occurs or if redness or irritation continues, gets worse or lasts more than 72 hours, stop using AK-Con and check with your doctor.

5 Potential Side Effects

Some side effects that may occur when using AK-Con do not normally need medical attention. These may leave as your body becomes accustomed to treatment.

Ask your doctor about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

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

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