DICLOFENAC SOD 0.1% OPHTH SOLN 5ML
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VOLTAREN 0.1% OPHTH SOLN 5ML
Ingredient Name:DICLOFENAC (dye-KLOE-fen-ak)
Common Uses:This medicine is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used in the eye to treat pain, redness, swelling, and sensitivity to light after certain eye surgeries. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Before Using This Medicine:Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are using other corticosteroids in the eye (eg, dexamethasone) or you are taking any medicine that may cause you to bleed more easily (eg, warfarin, heparin). DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including other eye problems (eg, dry eyes, glaucoma or increased eye pressure), diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, bleeding or clotting problems, allergies (especially to aspirin, aspirin-like medicines, or other NSAIDs), pregnancy, or breast-feeding. TELL YOUR DOCTOR if you have had repeated eye surgeries. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this medicine.
How to Use This Medicine:Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine is only for the eye. Do not get it in your nose or mouth. TO USE THIS MEDICINE: First, 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. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. TO PREVENT GERMS from entering your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface including your eye. Keep the container tightly closed. IF YOU WILL BE using this medicine to treat both eyes after surgery, do not use the same bottle for both eyes. Doing so may increase the risk of passing an infection from one eye to the other. IF YOU ARE USING other medicine in your eye, check with your doctor about how to use this medicine with them. DO NOT wear contact lenses while you are using this medicine. Take care of your contact lenses as directed by the manufacturer. Check with your doctor before you use them. You may use a bandage hydrogel soft contact lens during the first 3 days after refractive surgery if your doctor tells you to. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C), in the original container, away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and away from pets. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do NOT use 2 doses at once.
Cautions:DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in this product. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR before you use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, breathing difficulties, dizziness) to another NSAID (eg, ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib) or aspirin. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other eye problems without checking with your doctor. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DIZZINESS or blurred vision. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to this medicine. Using this medicine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any medicine that contains diclofenac or another NSAID. Check with your doctor if you are unsure if a medicine contains diclofenac or another NSAID. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU BECOME PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. Avoid using this medicine during late pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN if this medicine is found in breast milk after topical use. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible Side Effects:SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while using this medicine include change in tear production; mild eye redness, irritation, or itching; or temporary burning or stinging. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience eye discharge or bleeding; eyelid swelling; severe or persistent eye irritation, pain, or redness; or vision changes (eg, blurred vision). AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your healthcare provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Overdose:If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.
Additional Information:DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. CHECK WITH YOUR PHARMACIST about how to dispose of unused medicine.
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