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Durezol Side Effects

Generic Name: difluprednate ophthalmic

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

For the Consumer

Applies to difluprednate ophthalmic: ophthalmic emulsion

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by difluprednate ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Durezol). 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 difluprednate ophthalmic:

More common:
  • Blurred vision
  • change in color vision
  • decreased vision or other changes in vision
  • difficulty seeing at night
  • eye discomfort
  • eye pain
  • eye redness
  • increase in blood flow to the whites of the eyes
  • increased sensitivity of the eyes to sunlight
  • painful irritation of the front clear part of the eye
  • sensitivity of the eyes to light
  • swelling or redness of the eye and lining of the eyelid
Less common:
  • Eyelid irritation and crusting
  • tearing
  • throbbing eye pain
  • watering of the eyes

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with difluprednate 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:

Less common:
  • Dry eyes
  • Burning, itching, or soreness of the eye
  • feeling of having something in the eye

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to difluprednate ophthalmic: ophthalmic emulsion


Common (1% to 10%): Corneal edema, ciliary and conjunctival hyperemia, eye pain, photophobia, posterior capsule opacification, anterior chamber cells, anterior chamber flare, conjunctival edema, blepharitis, reduced visual acuity, punctate keratitis, eye inflammation, iritis, blurred vision, eye irritation
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Corneal pigmentation and striae, episcleritis, eye pruritus, eyelid irritation and crusting, foreign body sensation, increased lacrimation, macular edema, sclera hyperemia, uveitis, increased intraocular pressure, iritis, limbal and conjunctival hyperemia, dry eye, iridocyclitis[Ref]


The most commonly reported side effects were elevated intraocular pressure, visual acuity and field defects, and posterior subcapsular cataract formation.[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Application site discomfort or irritation[Ref]

Nervous system

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


1. "Product Information. Durezol (difluprednate ophthalmic)." Sirion Therapeutics, Tampa, FL.

Not all side effects for Durezol 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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