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Voltaren Ophthalmic Side Effects

Generic Name: diclofenac ophthalmic

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug diclofenac ophthalmic. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Voltaren Ophthalmic.

In Summary

Common side effects of Voltaren Ophthalmic include: increased intraocular pressure and keratitis. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to diclofenac ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

As well as its needed effects, diclofenac ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Voltaren Ophthalmic) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking diclofenac ophthalmic, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:

More common
  • Eye redness, irritation, or pain
  • tearing of the eyes
Less common
  • Blindness
  • blurred vision
  • burning, dry, or itching eyes
  • clear or yellow fluid from the eye
  • decreased vision or any change in vision
  • redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
  • sensitivity to light
  • sticky or matted eyelashes
  • throbbing pain
Incidence not known
  • Feeling of something in the eye

Severity: Minor

Some diclofenac ophthalmic side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common
  • Burning and stinging of the eye
Less common
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • chills
  • cold flu-like symptoms
  • cough or hoarseness
  • dizziness
  • fever
  • headache
  • lack or loss of strength
  • nausea
  • pain
  • runny nose
  • sleeplessness
  • sneezing
  • stuffy nose
  • swelling or puffiness of the face
  • trouble with sleeping
  • unable to sleep
  • vomiting

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to diclofenac ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

General

The most commonly reported side effects were lacrimation, keratitis, and transient burning/stinging.[Ref]

Ocular

Very common (10% or more): Lacrimation (30%), keratitis (28%), transient burning/stinging (15%), elevated intraocular pressure (15%)
Common (1% to 10%): Abnormal vision, blurred vision, conjunctivitis, corneal deposits, corneal edema, corneal opacity, corneal lesions, eye discharge, eyelid swelling, eye pain, injection (redness), iritis, irritation, itching, ocular allergy
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Conjunctival follicules
Frequency not reported: Mydriasis, ocular hyperemia
Postmarketing reports: Corneal erosion, corneal infiltrates, corneal perforation, corneal thinning, corneal ulceration, epithelial breakdown[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypersensitivity[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Frequency not reported: Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Dizziness, headache[Ref]

Dermatologic

Frequency not reported: Urticaria, rash, eczema, erythema, pruritus[Ref]

Immunologic

Frequency not reported: Viral infection[Ref]

Other

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Impaired healing
Frequency not reported: Asthenia, chills, facial edema, fever, pain[Ref]

Psychiatric

Frequency not reported: Insomnia[Ref]

Respiratory

Rare (less than 0.1%): Dyspnea, exacerbation of asthma
Frequency not reported: Rhinitis, cough[Ref]

References

1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

3. "Product Information. Voltaren (diclofenac)." Ciba Vision Ophthalmics, Duluth, GA.

It is possible that some side effects of Voltaren Ophthalmic may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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