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Nevanac Side Effects

Generic Name: nepafenac ophthalmic

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

For the Consumer

Applies to nepafenac ophthalmic: ophthalmic suspension

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

Major Side Effects

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

More common:
  • Blurred vision
  • change in vision
  • decrease in vision
  • loss of vision
Less common:
  • Eye pain
  • itching of the eye
  • swelling and/or redness of the eye and lining of the eyelid

Minor Side Effects

Some nepafenac 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:
  • Feeling of having something in the eye
  • sticky sensation of the eyelids
Less common:
  • Change in color vision
  • cough
  • crusting in the corner of the eye
  • difficulty seeing at night
  • dizziness
  • dry eyes
  • fever
  • headache
  • increased sensitivity of the eyes to sunlight
  • nausea or vomiting
  • nervousness
  • pounding in the ears
  • seeing flashes or sparks of light
  • seeing floating spots before the eyes, or a veil or curtain appearing across part of vision
  • slow or fast heartbeat
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • tightness of the chest or wheezing
  • troubled breathing

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to nepafenac ophthalmic: ophthalmic suspension


Common (1% to 10%): Capsular opacity, reduced visual acuity, foreign body sensation in the eyes, increased intraocular pressure, sticky sensation, conjunctival edema, corneal edema, dry eye, ocular discomfort, photophobia, vitreous detachment
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Keratitis, punctate keratitis, corneal epithelium defect, eyelid margin crusting
Rare (less than 0.1%): Iritis, choroidal effusion, corneal deposits, eye pain, ocular hyperemia, blepharitis, eye pruritus, eye discharge, allergic conjunctivitis, increased lacrimation, conjunctival hyperemia
Frequency not reported: Corneal perforation, impaired healing (cornea), corneal opacity, corneal scar, eye irritation, eye swelling, ulcerative keratitis, corneal thinning, blurred vision[Ref]


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


Common (1% to 10%): Nausea, vomiting[Ref]


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


Rare (less than 0.1%): Cutis laxa (dermatochalasis), allergic dermatitis[Ref]


The most commonly reported side effects were capsular opacity, decreased visual acuity, foreign body sensation, increased intraocular pressure, and sticky sensation.[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Hypersensitivity[Ref]

Nervous system

Rare (less than 0.1%): Dizziness[Ref]


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

2. "Product Information. Nevanac (nepafenac ophthalmic)." Alcon Laboratories Inc, Fort Worth, TX.

It is possible that some side effects of Nevanac 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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