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Flurbiprofen (Into the eye)

Flurbiprofen (flur-bi-PROE-fen)

Keeps the pupils of the eyes from getting smaller during an eye surgery. This medicine is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

Brand Name(s):

Ocufen

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

Do not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to flurbiprofen.

How to Use This Medicine:

Liquid, Drop

  • Your eye doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. This medicine is not for long-term use.
  • If you are having surgery on both eyes, use a different bottle of medicine for each eye. Use of the same bottle of eye drops for both eyes is not recommended.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Lie down or tilt your head back. With your index finger, pull down the lower lid of your eye to form a pocket.
  • To use the eye drops: Hold the dropper close to your eye with the other hand. Drop the correct number of drops into the pocket made between your lower lid and eyeball. Gently close your eyes. Place your index finger over the inner corner of your eye for 1 minute. Do not rinse or wipe the dropper or allow it to touch anything, including your eye. Put the cap on the bottle right away. Keep the bottle upright when you are not using it.

If a dose is missed:

  • Apply a dose as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and apply a regular dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of the used medicine container and any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you use acetylcholine chloride (Miochol®-E), carbachol (Miostat®), or a steroid eye medicine (such as dexamethasone, prednisolone, Ciprodex®).

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have bleeding problems. Tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to aspirin or other NSAID pain and arthritis medicines (such as diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen, Advil®, Aleve®, Celebrex®, Voltaren®).
  • This medicine might slow or delay healing.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blurred vision, light sensitivity, tearing
  • Eye bleeding after eye surgery
  • Severe eye irritation, swelling, redness, or pain

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Mild burning or stinging in the eyes

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

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


Last Updated: 10/4/2014


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