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Brolene eye drops

Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen MartinReviewed on 19.10.2023 | 2 minutes read
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Brolene eye drops are antibiotic eye drops used for minor bacterial eye infections causing conjunctivitis, but are not available over-the-counter in the US. The pharmacist may suggest an alternative eye treatment that may be more appropriate than Brolene. Depending on your symptoms, other causes of eye infections (viral and fungal) can have very similar symptoms but cannot be treated with antibiotic eye drops.

How do I use it?

Apply 1 or 2 drops into the eye(s) up to four times daily. If there is no improvement in 48 hours or if your symptoms worsen, you should discontinue use and see your doctor. If you wear contact lenses, you should see or speak to your doctor urgently, as more serious infections are more common.

How does it work?

Most eye infections are self-limiting, therefore the use of Brolene eye drops speeds up normal recovery. The active drug in Brolene eye drops is propamidine, which inhibits a wide range of bacteria from growing. By doing this, it prevents your infection from getting worse while allowing your body a chance to recover from the infection.

Should anyone avoid using them?

Brolene should not be used in children under 2 years or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding unless directed by a doctor. If you wear contact lenses, you should see or speak to your doctor urgently, as more serious infections are more common.

Are there any side effects?

As with any medication, some people are bound to get some unwanted side effects. Some of the common ones include irritation and blurred vision. If you experience these side effects, you should discontinue use and see your doctor.

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This article has been written by UK-based doctors and pharmacists, so some advice may not apply to US users and some suggested treatments may not be available. For more information, please see our T&Cs.
Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed on 19.10.2023
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