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Fusidic Acid

Fucithalmic is an antibiotic eye drop used to medicate conjunctivitis. It is marketed in the UK by Amdipharm.

Please note that we do not sell this treatment online. See your GP if you think you may have bacterial conjunctivitis, or are experiencing symptoms of an eye infection.

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23 September 2020
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Dr Daniel Atkinson

(GP Clinical Lead - GMC No. 4624794) 23 September 2020
Product information

Fucithalmic is an eye drop treatment marketed by Amdipharm, used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis. It contains fusidic acid, which is a type of antibiotic, and is applied to the infected eye twice a day. The medicine works by attacking the bacteria responsible, inhibiting its capacity to spread thus alleviating symptoms. Fucithalmic is only available to buy in the UK on prescription.

  1. Beats infection fast
  2. Simple to administer
  3. Twice a day treatment

Conjunctivitis can occur for a reasons, such as an allergic reaction to pollen or dust, irritation from washing products like shampoo, or as a result of a bacterial infection. Typical symptoms include redness in the eye, stinging, watering, and excess mucus production.

When induced by a bacterial infection, the condition is the result of harmful bacteria being transferred to the eye either from another person or through contact with a contaminated surface. The redness associated with it occurs due to the inflammation and widening of blood vessels in the conjunctiva, which is a thin coating of cells over the front of the eye.

It is not usually serious, but in some cases, severe symptoms may develop and the condition may warrant immediate medical attention. Those who notice any loss of vision, intense redness or distinct pain in the eye should see a doctor right away, as these signs may be indicative of a more serious infection or illness.

Persons more at risk of conjunctivitis include those taking immunosuppressant drugs such as corticosteroids, and the elderly. Treatment for bacterial conjunctivitis is usually issued in the form of antibiotic medication. To be fully effective, this may be given as an eye drop.

The active ingredient in Fucithalmic is fusidic acid, which stalls the growth of the bacteria causing the infection. It does this by inhibiting the generation of growth proteins, which the bacteria requires to spread and survive. After the bacteria has been weakened, the immune system fights off what remains of the infection, and symptoms then begin to clear.

We do not sell this treatment via our online pharmacy service. If you think you might have an eye infection or are displaying symptoms of conjunctivitis, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.

Page last reviewed:  23/09/2020

Make sure you follow the instructions given by your prescriber when using this item, and that you read the patient information leaflet carefully prior to use. Doing so will help to lessen the likelihood of side effects and maximise the efficacy of the treatment. 

  1. Take as directed by your prescriber.
  2. In most cases, the dose will be one drop in the morning and one in the evening.
  3. Prior to use, wash your hands.
  4. Apply in front of a mirror.
  5. Remove the cap from the tube.
  6. Tilt your head back, look up, and gently pull down the lower lid of the eye to be treated.
  7. Without letting the tip touch the eye, carefully squeeze the tube to administer a drop to the area beneath the lower lid.
  8. Do not exceed the amount prescribed for you.

 If you forget to take it, do so when you remember, then take your next dose at the scheduled time.

The above is intended only as a guide. More detailed instructions can be located in the leaflet provided.

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Page last reviewed:  23/09/2020
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Fucithalmic 1%

Side effects & Warnings

Let your doctor know as soon as possible if you notice any worsening conjunctivitis symptoms, or any signs of an allergic reaction, which may include: difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, eyes or throat; hives or an itchy rash; or persistent pain or burning in the eye.

Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Burning, stinging, discomfort, smarting, irritation, itching, soreness, dryness or temporary blurring of vision in the eye being treated.

Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Watery eyes on application.

The above is not a complete list of the side effects associated with this medicine. For a more detailed account, please refer to the leaflet provided.

Taking it with other medicines

It is important to tell your doctor about any other medicines you are taking or have recently taken, so that they can accurately determine whether this product is suitable for you.

Conditions to look out for

Make sure you let your prescriber know if you have or have ever had any medical conditions which may inhibit your ability to use this treatment safely.

Page last reviewed:  23/09/2020
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Fucithalmic 1%


Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes. This medication is not thought to interact with alcohol.

Will I still be able to drive?

Once your sight has returned to normal following application, you should be able to drive. However, you should refrain from driving if your sight is in any way inhibited.

Can I take the medicine while pregnant?

It may not be suitable for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Discuss the use of this or any medication with your doctor prior to use if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to become pregnant.

How should I store it?

Keep the tube in a safe environment below 25°C and tightly sealed.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

This product contains the following: fusidic acid, benzalkonium chloride, disodium edetate, mannitol, carbomer, sodium hydroxide and water for injections.

Do not use it if you are allergic to any of these substances.

Is it available over-the-counter?

To buy Fucithalmic online or in person, you will need a prescription. This is so that a doctor can make sure that it is safe for you to use, and will not interfere with any other medications you are using.

Is it right for me?

The first thing you should do if you think you might have an eye infection or are experiencing signs of conjunctivitis, is make an appointment with your GP. They will be able to examine your symptoms, determine the cause, and decide on a suitable method of treatment.

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