Generic Name: diclofenac (dye-KLOE-fen-ak)
Brand Name: Voltaren
Diclofenac drops are used for:
Treating pain, redness, swelling, and sensitivity to light after certain eye surgeries. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Diclofenac drops are a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by blocking the production of a certain substance that causes itching and inflammation.
Do NOT use diclofenac drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in diclofenac drops
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using diclofenac drops:
Some medical conditions may interact with diclofenac drops. 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 an allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, breathing difficulties, dizziness) to another NSAID (eg, ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib) or aspirin
- if you have bleeding or clotting problems, or you are taking medicine that may cause you to bleed more easily (eg, warfarin, heparin)
- if you have diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or other eye problems (eg, dry eye, glaucoma or increased eye pressure)
- if you have had repeated eye surgeries
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with diclofenac drops. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Topical corticosteroids for the eye (eg, dexamethasone) because the eye may not be able to heal well
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if diclofenac drops 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 diclofenac drops:
Use diclofenac drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Diclofenac drops are only for the eye. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
- To use diclofenac drops in the eye, first, 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, dry 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 the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
- If you will be using diclofenac drops 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.
- If you are using other medicines in your eye(s), check with your doctor about how to use diclofenac drops with them.
- Do not wear contact lenses while you are using diclofenac drops. Take care of your contact lenses as directed by the manufacturer. Check with your doctor before you use them. You may use a bandage hydrogel soft contact lens during the first 3 days after refractive surgery if your doctor tells you to.
- If you miss a dose of diclofenac drops, 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 diclofenac drops.
Important safety information:
- Diclofenac drops may cause dizziness or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use diclofenac drops with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Diclofenac drops has diclofenac in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has diclofenac or another NSAID in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Diclofenac drops should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using diclofenac drops while you are pregnant. Avoid using diclofenac drops during late pregnancy. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk after topical use. Do not breast-feed while using diclofenac drops.
Possible side effects of diclofenac drops:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Change in tear production; mild eye redness, irritation, or itching; temporary burning or stinging.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); eye discharge or bleeding; eyelid swelling; severe or persistent eye irritation, pain, or redness; vision changes (eg, blurred vision).
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. Diclofenac drops may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of diclofenac drops:
Store diclofenac drops at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C), in the original container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep diclofenac drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about diclofenac drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Diclofenac drops are 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 diclofenac drops 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 diclofenac drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to diclofenac drops. 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 diclofenac drops.
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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