Nepafenac (Into the eye)

Introduction

Nepafenac (ne-PA-fen-ak)

Treats eye pain and swelling after cataract surgery. This medicine is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Nevanac

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to nepafenac or to any other NSAID, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.

How to Use This Medicine

Liquid, Drop

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, start using this medicine 1 day before your surgery. Continue using the eyedrops for up to 2 weeks after surgery.
  • Shake the eye drops well just before each use.
  • To use the eye drops: Hold the dropper close to your eye with the other hand. Drop the correct number of drops into the pocket made between your lower lid and eyeball. Gently close your eyes. Place your index finger over the inner corner of your eye for 1 minute. Do not rinse or wipe the dropper or allow it to touch anything, including your eye. Put the cap on the bottle right away. Keep the bottle upright when you are not using it.
  • Do not use this medicine while you are wearing contact lenses. Keep using any other eye medicines your doctor tells you to use.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.

If a dose is missed:

  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of the used medicine container and any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
  • Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using any steroid medicine, or a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin®).

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you have diabetes, dry eyes, or a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia.
  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to aspirin or other NSAIDs such as diclofenac, etodolac, ibuprofen, indomethacin, nabumetone, naproxen, piroxicam, Advil®, Aleve®, Bextra®, Celebrex®, Ecotrin®, Feldene®, Motrin®, Relafen®, or Voltaren®.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Bleeding, pain, or redness in your eye.
  • Feeling that your eyes are more sensitive to light.
  • No improvement or slow healing after your surgery.
  • Red or watery eyes, swollen eyelid, vision problems.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Dry eyes.
  • Feeling like something is in your eye.
  • Headache.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Runny or stuffy nose.
  • Sticky feeling in your eye.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

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