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Acular PF Side Effects

Generic Name: ketorolac ophthalmic

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of ketorolac ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Acular PF.

For the Consumer

Applies to ketorolac ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by ketorolac ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Acular PF). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

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

Minor Side Effects

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

General

The most frequently reported side effects were transient stinging and burning on instillation.[Ref]

Ocular

Common (1% to 10%): Intraocular pressure increased, conjunctival hyperemia, conjunctival hemorrhage, corneal edema, ocular pain, tearing, vision blurred, corneal infiltrates, ocular edema, iritis, ocular inflammation, ocular irritation, superficial keratitis, superficial ocular infection, conjunctivitis, ocular pruritus, keratic precipitates, retinal hemorrhage, cystoid macular edema, eye trauma, ptosis, blepharitis, photophobia, corneal lesion, glaucoma
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Ulcerative keratitis, eye dryness, epiphora, corneal ulcer
Postmarketing reports: Corneal erosion, corneal perforation, corneal thinning, corneal melt, epithelial breakdown[Ref]

Local

Very common (10% or more): Transient stinging (up to 40%), burning (up to 40%)
Common (1% to 10%): Local allergic reaction[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache[Ref]

Respiratory

Postmarketing reports: Bronchospasm, asthma exacerbated[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Common (1% to 10%): Hypersensitivity reaction[Ref]

References

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

2. "Product Information. Acular (ketorolac)." Allergan Inc, Irvine, CA.

3. "Product Information. Acular LS (ketorolac ophthalmic)." Allergan Inc, Irvine, CA.

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

5. "Product Information. Acuvail (ketorolac ophthalmic)." Allergan Inc, Irvine, CA.

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

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