dendrid (idoxuridinesolution / drops 
[Alcon Laboratories, Inc.]


Dendrid® (idoxuridine) is an antiviral chemotherapeutic agent prepared in a sterile buffered isotonic solution. The active ingredient is represented by the chemical structure:

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Established name:


Chemical name:

Uridine, 2’-deoxy-5-iodo-

Each ml contains: Active: Idoxuridine 0.1%. Preservative: Benzalkonium Chloride 0.01%. Inactive: Boric Acid, Edetate Disodium, Sodium Hydroxide and/or Hydrochloric Acid (to adjust pH), Purified Water. DM-01


Herpes simplex virus utilizes thymidine in the synthesis of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), a metabolite necessary for reproduction. Idoxuridine is identical in chemical structure to thymidine except that the 5-methyl group is replaced by iodine. When idoxuridine is substituted for thymidine in DNA, the cell is unable to utilize the DNA and reproduction ceases.


For the treatment of keratitis caused by the virus of herpes simplex.


Hypersensitivity to the active ingredient or any other component of this drug.


For topical use only. Do not exceed the frequency or duration of recommended dosage. The incidence of some adverse reactions increases with prolonged use. Idoxuridine is not effective in corneal inflammations following herpes simplex keratitis in which the virus is not present. Some strains of herpes simplex appear resistant to the action of Idoxuridine.


Idoxuridine should be administered with caution in pregnancy or in women of childbearing potential. Idoxuridine has been reported to cross the placental barrier and to produce fetal malformations in rabbits when administered topically to the eyes of pregnant females in doses similar to those used clinically. Idoxuridine has also been reported to produce fetal malformations in the rat after intraperitoneal and oral administration and in the mouse after subcutaneous administration. Nursing should not be performed while a patient is undergoing IDU treatment as the drug and metabolites may be excreted in human milk.


Idoxuridine has been reported to cause chromosome aberrations in mice and to be mutagenic in mammalian cells in culture (e.g., diploid human lymphoblasts and mouse lymphoma cells). Drosophila melanogaster and in a host-mediated assay system utilizing mammalian cells.


The studies performed to date on idoxuridine are inadequate for assessment of carcinogenicity. This cytotoxic drug should be regarded as being potentially carcinogenic. It can inhibit DNA synthesis or function and is incorporated into the DNA of mammalian cells as well as into this genome of DNA viruses. Indoxuridine has been reported to induce RNA tumor virus (type C particles) production from virus negative mouse cells. The degree of oncogenic activity of idoxuridine induced oncornaviruses has not been documented. However, several idoxuridine activated oncornaviruses have caused in vitro cell transformation and induction of specific neoplasms (lymphatic leukemias and carcinomas) upon inoculation into syngenic mice.


Acute ocular irritation including burning, corneal stippling, vascularization, and clouding has been reported. Following prolonged use of idoxuridine, ocular irritation characterized by follicular conjunctivitis, blepharitis with punctal swelling, bulbar conjunctival hyperemia, and corneal epithelial staining has also been reported. In either case, the drug should be discontinued.


Instill one drop in the affected eye(s) every hour. In acute herpes, dosage may be tapered through every two hours to four times daily prior to discontinuation (treatment should be continued for at least seven days).


In a 15 ml plastic Drop-Tainer® dispenser.

NDC 0065-0029-15

STORAGE: Between 36°-80°F. Protect from light.


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Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
Fort Worth, Texas  76134  USA

Printed in USA

DENDRID (idoxuridine)
Product Code 0065-0029 Dosage Form SOLUTION / DROPS
Route Of Administration OPHTHALMIC DEA Schedule
Name (Active Moiety) Type Strength
idoxuridine (idoxuridine) Active 1 MILLIGRAM  In 1 MILLILITER
benzalkonium chloride Inactive 1 MILLIGRAM  In 1 MILLILITER
boric acid Inactive  
edetate disodium Inactive  
sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid Inactive  
water Inactive  
Characteristic Appearance Characteristic Appearance
Color Score
Shape Symbol
Imprint Code Coating
# NDC Package Description Multilevel Packaging
1 0065-0029-15 15 MILLILITER In 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC None

Revised: 08/2006Alcon Laboratories, Inc.