Ocufen (Flurbiprofen)

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Ocufen Eye Drops (Flurbiprofen) Dosage and Side Effects

OCUFEN ophthalmic (for the eye) is used to prevent your pupil from constricting, or narrowing, during eye surgery.

Proper Use of this medication

Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

OCUFEN ophthalmic is usually given every 30 minutes beginning 2 hours before your surgery. If you receive this medication at the surgery center, the eye drops will be given by a healthcare professional.

If you have been given the medication to start using your drops at home on the day of your surgery, follow the instructions below.

Wash your hands before using the eye drops.

To apply the eye drops:

  • Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye.
  • Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
  • Use the eye drops only in the eye you are having surgery on.
  • Do not allow the dropper tip to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

If you use this medication at home, try not to miss any doses.

If you store the drops at home, keep them at room temperature away from heat and moisture. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help.

Call your doctor if you miss a dose of this medication. The timing of your doses in relation to your surgery is very important for the medication to be effective.

Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • eye pain or redness;
  • vision changes; or
  • severe burning, stinging, or itching of your eyes.

Less serious side effects may include mild burning, stinging, or itching of your eyes.

Warnings and Precautions

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to OCUFEN.

Before you receive OCUFEN ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medications, or if you have a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder or take a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin).

Do not wear any contact lens that has not been approved by your doctor.

Do not use other eye medications during treatment with OCUFEN ophthalmic unless your doctor tells you to.

To make sure you can safely use OCUFEN ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you have a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder.

It is not known whether OCUFEN ophthalmic will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether OCUFEN ophthalmic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Interactions with this medication

Do not wear any contact lens that has not been approved by your doctor.

Do not use other eye medications during treatment with OCUFEN ophthalmic unless your doctor tells you to.

Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin).

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with OCUFEN ophthalmic. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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