Bromfenac

Generic Name: bromfenac (BROME-fen-ak)
Brand Name: Examples include Bromday and Xibrom

Bromfenac is used for:

Treating eye pain and swelling in patients who have recently had surgery to remove cataracts. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Bromfenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) eye drop. It works by blocking the production of prostaglandin, a substance that causes inflammation (eg, redness, swelling, irritation).

Do NOT use bromfenac if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in bromfenac
  • you are in late pregnancy

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using bromfenac:

Some medical conditions may interact with bromfenac. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to sulfites, aspirin or any medicine containing aspirin, an NSAID (eg, ibuprofen), or a phenylacetic acid derivative
  • if you have asthma, diabetes, bleeding problems, or rheumatoid arthritis
  • if you have other eye problems (eg, dry eye syndrome, cornea problems), have had complicated eye surgery, or have had repeated eye surgeries within a short period of time

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with bromfenac. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) or heparin because the risk of bleeding may be increased
  • Corticosteroids (eg, prednisolone) because healing may be slowed or delayed

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if bromfenac may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use bromfenac:

Use bromfenac as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • To use bromfenac, wash your hands. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
  • To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including your eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • If you will be using bromfenac to treat both eyes after surgery, do not use the same bottle for both eyes. Doing so may increase the risk of passing an infection from one eye to the other.
  • Soft contact lenses may absorb a chemical in bromfenac. Remove contact lenses before you use bromfenac. Ask your doctor how to use your contact lenses while using bromfenac.
  • If you are using another medicine that you put in your eye, use bromfenac at least 5 minutes before or after using the other medicine.
  • If you miss a dose of bromfenac, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use bromfenac.

Important safety information:

  • Do not exceed the recommended dose or use bromfenac for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not improve within 14 days or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your doctor if you have an eye wound or irritation that does not heal.
  • Bromfenac contains sulfites, which can cause allergic reactions in certain individuals. Asthma patients may be at higher risk of these allergic reactions. If you have previously had allergic reactions to sulfites, contact your doctor or pharmacist before using bromfenac.
  • Bromfenac should be used with caution in CHILDREN younger than 18 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Bromfenac may cause harm to the fetus. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using bromfenac while you are pregnant. Avoid use of bromfenac during late pregnancy. It is not known if bromfenac is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use bromfenac, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of bromfenac:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Eye burning, irritation, itching, pain, redness, stinging, or swelling; headache; unusual feeling in the eye.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe eye burning, irritation, itching, redness, stinging, or swelling; unusual bleeding of the eye; vision changes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of bromfenac:

Store bromfenac between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep bromfenac out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about bromfenac, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Bromfenac is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take bromfenac or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about bromfenac. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to bromfenac. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using bromfenac.

Issue Date: December 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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