Ketorolac ophthalmic Side Effects

Not all side effects for ketorolac ophthalmic may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to ketorolac ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by ketorolac ophthalmic. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking ketorolac ophthalmic:

More common
  • Itching, redness, tearing, or other sign of eye irritation not present before use of this medicine or becoming worse during use
  • redness of the clear part of the eye
  • sensitivity to light
  • swelling of the eye
  • tearing
  • throbbing pain
Rare
  • Blurred vision or other change in vision
  • eye irritation or redness

Some of the side effects that can occur with ketorolac ophthalmic may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common
  • Stinging or burning of the eye when medicine is applied
Rare
  • Dry eyes
  • headache

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to ketorolac ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

Ocular

Ocular side effects have included transient burning and stinging upon instillation in 20% to 40% of patients. Conjunctival hyperemia, corneal infiltrates, and ocular edema have been reported in 1% to 5% of patients. Corneal edema, iritis, ocular inflammation, ocular irritation, ocular pain, superficial keratitis, and superficial ocular infections have been reported in 1% to 10% of patients. Corneal erosion, corneal thinning, and epithelial breakdown have also been reported.

Hypersensitivity

A 44-year-old female with a history of severe asthma was given ophthalmic ketorolac for the treatment of conjunctivitis previously unresponsive to topical antihistamine treatment. Two hours after instillation, she developed coughing and tightness in her chest which worsened over night. The next morning the patient was hospitalized with complaints of coughing, dyspnea at rest and wheezing. Her condition improved after administration of intravenous steroids and albuterol nebulizations.

Hypersensitivity reactions have been reported in 1% to 10% of patients.

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