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Ocufen Drops


Generic Name: Flurbiprofen Eye Drops (flure-BI-proe-fen)
Brand Name: Ocufen

Ocufen Drops is used for:

Preventing a decrease in pupil size during surgery. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Ocufen Drops is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) eye drop. It works by blocking a certain substance that causes inflammation (redness, swelling, and irritation).

Do NOT use Ocufen Drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Ocufen Drops
  • you are in late pregnancy

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Ocufen Drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with Ocufen Drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to aspirin or any medicine containing aspirin or an NSAID (eg, ibuprofen)
  • if you have bleeding problems
  • if you have other eye problems (eg, dry eye syndrome, cornea problems), have had complicated eye surgery, or have had repeated eye surgeries within a short period of time

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Ocufen Drops. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) or heparin because the risk of bleeding may be increased
  • Acetylcholine or carbachol because their effectiveness may be decreased by Ocufen Drops

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Ocufen Drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Ocufen Drops:

Use Ocufen Drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • To use Ocufen Drops, wash your hands. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including your eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • Do not administer Ocufen Drops while wearing contact lenses. Talk to your doctor about the proper use of Ocufen Drops if you usually wear contact lenses.
  • If you miss a dose of Ocufen Drops, contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Ocufen Drops.

Important safety information:

  • Do not exceed the recommended dose or take Ocufen Drops for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Use Ocufen Drops with caution in CHILDREN younger than 18 years of age. Safety and efficacy in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Ocufen Drops during pregnancy. Avoid use of Ocufen Drops during late pregnancy. It is unknown if Ocufen Drops is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while using Ocufen Drops.

Possible side effects of Ocufen Drops:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Sensitivity of the eyes to light; temporary burning, irritation, itching, pain, redness, stinging, or swelling of the eye.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bleeding of the eye; sensitivity to light; severe burning, irritation, itching, redness, stinging, or swelling of the eye; vision changes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Ocufen Drops:

Store Ocufen Drops between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Ocufen Drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Ocufen Drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Ocufen Drops is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Ocufen Drops. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition 06.4.1.002
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.




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