Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 19, 2020.
(dye floo PRED nate)
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Durezol: 0.05% (5 mL) [contains edetate disodium, polysorbate 80]
Brand Names: U.S.
- Corticosteroid, Ophthalmic
Corticosteroids inhibit the inflammatory response including edema, capillary dilation, leukocyte migration, and scar formation. Difluprednate penetrates cells readily to induce the production of lipocortins. These proteins modulate the activity of prostaglandins and leukotrienes.
Systemic: Exposure to active metabolite is negligible with ocular administration
Undergoes deacetylation to an active metabolite (DFB)
Use: Labeled Indications
Inflammation/pain: Treatment of inflammation and pain following ocular surgery.
Uveitis: Treatment of endogenous anterior uveitis.
Active viral (including herpes simplex keratitis, vaccinia, varicella) infections of the cornea or conjunctiva, fungal infection of ocular structures, or mycobacterial ocular infections
Canadian labeling: Additional contraindications (not in US labeling): Hypersensitivity to difluprednate, any component of the formulation, or to other corticosteroids; acute untreated ocular bacterial infection.
Endogenous anterior uveitis: Ophthalmic: Instill 1 drop into conjunctival sac of the affected eye(s) 4 times daily for 14 days, then taper as clinically indicated
Inflammation/pain associated with ocular surgery: Ophthalmic: Instill 1 drop in conjunctival sac of the affected eye(s) 4 times daily beginning 24 hours after surgery, continue for 2 weeks, then decrease to 2 times daily for 1 week, then taper based on response
Refer to adult dosing.
Endogenous anterior uveitis: Limited data available: Children ≥2 years and Adolescents: Ophthalmic: Instill 1 drop into conjunctival sac of the affected eye(s) 4 times daily for 14 days, then taper as clinically indicated (Sheppard 2014; Slabaugh 2012).
Inflammation associated with ocular surgery: Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Ophthalmic: Instill 1 drop in conjunctival sac of the affected eye(s) 4 times daily beginning 24 hours after surgery, continue for 2 weeks, then decrease to 2 times daily for 1 week, then taper based on response; the initial efficacy trials were in patients 0 to 3 years of age with congenital cataracts (Wilson 2016).
Ophthalmic: Wash hands prior to use and avoid touching tip of dropper. Remove contact lenses prior to use. Do not reinsert contact lenses within 10 minutes of difluprednate eye drops. The use of the same bottle for both eyes is not recommended in surgical patients.
Store at 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F); do not freeze. Protect from light.
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents (Ophthalmic): May enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Corticosteroids (Ophthalmic). Healing of ophthalmic tissue during concomitant administration of ophthalmic products may be delayed. Monitor therapy
>10%: Ophthalmic: Anterior chamber inflammation, blepharitis, cataract (secondary), conjunctival edema, corneal edema, eye pain, ocular hyperemia (ciliary, conjunctival, limbal), photophobia
1% to 10%:
Central nervous system: Headache
Ophthalmic: Blurred vision, decreased visual acuity, dry eye syndrome, eye irritation, increased intraocular pressure, iridocyclitis, iritis, ophthalmic inflammation (postoperative), punctate keratitis, uveitis
<1%, postmarketing, and/or case reports: Corneal changes (pigmentation and striae), crusting of eyelid, episcleritis, eye pruritus, foreign body sensation of eye, increased lacrimation, injected sclera, local discomfort, local irritation, macular edema
Concerns related to adverse effects:
• Cataracts: Prolonged use of corticosteroids may result in posterior subcapsular cataract formation. Use following cataract surgery may delay healing or increase the incidence of bleb formation.
• Corneal perforation: Perforation may occur with topical steroids in diseases which cause thinning of the cornea or sclera.
• Exacerbation of infections: May exacerbate severity of infections. Use extreme caution in patients with history of ocular herpes simplex. Re-evaluate after 2 days if symptoms have not improved. Use is contraindicated in most viral diseases of the cornea and conjunctiva and with fungal or mycobacterial ocular infections.
• Glaucoma: Use with caution in presence of glaucoma. Prolonged use of corticosteroids may result in elevated intraocular pressure (IOP); damage to the optic nerve; and defects in visual acuity and fields of vision. Monitor IOP in any patient receiving treatment for ≥10 days.
• Immunosuppression: May mask infection or enhance existing infection. The possibility of corneal fungal infection should be considered with persistent corneal ulceration during prolonged therapy; obtain cultures when appropriate.
• Contact lens wearers: Contains sorbic acid which may be absorbed by contact lenses; remove contacts prior to administration and wait 10 minutes before reinserting.
• Appropriate use: For ophthalmic use only; not for intraocular administration. Initial prescription and renewal of medication for >28 days should be made by health care provider only after examination with the aid of magnification such as slit lamp biomicroscopy or fluorescein staining (if appropriate). To avoid contamination, do not touch tip of container to any surface.
Intraocular pressure and periodic examination of lens (with prolonged use >28 days)
Pregnancy Risk Factor
Adverse events have been observed in animal reproduction studies. The amount of difluprednate absorbed systemically following ophthalmic administration is below the limit of quantification (<50 ng/mL).
What is this drug used for?
• It is used to treat eye swelling.
• It is used to treat eye pain.
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