Ocufen drops

Generic Name: flurbiprofen (FLUR-bi-PROE-fen)
Brand Name: Ocufen

Ocufen drops is used for:

Preventing a decrease in pupil size during surgery. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Ocufen drops is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) eye drop. It works by blocking a certain substance that causes inflammation (redness, swelling, and irritation).

Do NOT use Ocufen drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Ocufen drops

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

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Before using Ocufen drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with Ocufen 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, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to aspirin or any medicine containing aspirin or an NSAID (eg, ibuprofen)
  • if you have bleeding problems
  • 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
  • if you are also using a corticosteroid eye drop (eg, prednisolone) or other medicines in the eye

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

  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), aspirin, or heparin because the risk of bleeding may be increased
  • Acetylcholine or carbachol because their effectiveness may be decreased by Ocufen drops

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Ocufen 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 Ocufen drops:

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

  • To use Ocufen drops, 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. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye for 1 to 2 minutes. 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.
  • Do not administer Ocufen drops while wearing contact lenses. Talk to your doctor about the proper use of Ocufen drops if you usually wear contact lenses.
  • If you will be using Ocufen drops in both eyes, 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 miss a dose of Ocufen drops, contact your doctor immediately.

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

Important safety information:

  • Do NOT exceed the recommended dose or take Ocufen drops for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Ocufen drops should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and efficacy 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 Ocufen drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if Ocufen drops is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while using Ocufen drops.

Possible side effects of Ocufen 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:

Sensitivity of the eye(s) to light; temporary burning, irritation, or stinging of 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); bleeding of the eye; severe or persistent burning, irritation, itching, redness, stinging, or swelling 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 Ocufen drops:

Store Ocufen drops 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 Ocufen drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Ocufen drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Ocufen drops 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 Ocufen 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 Ocufen drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Ocufen 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 Ocufen drops.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
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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