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Last reviewed on RxList: 1/11/2017
Acular Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 01/25/2017

Acular (ketorolac tromethamine) Ophthalmic Solution is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve eye itching caused by seasonal allergies. Acular is also used to reduce swelling, pain, and burning or stinging after cataract surgery or corneal refractive surgery. Acular is available in generic form. Common side effects of Acular include:

  • temporary stinging,
  • burning, or
  • itching of the eyes for 1-2 minutes when applied.

Other side effects of Acular include:

  • eye redness,
  • swollen or puffy eyelids, and
  • headache.

Tell your doctor if you have unlikely but serious side effects of Acular including:

The recommended dose of Acular ophthalmic solution is one drop (0.25 mg) four times a day for relief of ocular itching due to seasonal allergic conjunctivitis. For the treatment of postoperative inflammation in cataract surgery patients, one drop should be applied to the affected eye(s) four times daily beginning 24 hours after surgery and continued for 2 weeks postoperatively. Acular may interact with blood thinners. Other drugs may interact with Acular ophthalmic. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use. Acular should be used only when prescribed during the first 6 months of pregnancy. Avoid use during the last 3 months of pregnancy due to the potential for harm to the fetus. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Acular (ketorolac tromethamine) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Acular Consumer Information

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:

  • severe burning, stinging, or itching of your eyes;
  • eye pain, redness, or watering;
  • vision changes, increased sensitivity to light;
  • white patches on your eyes; or
  • crusting or drainage from your eyes.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning, stinging, or itching of your eyes;
  • swollen or puffy eyelids; or
  • headache.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Acular (Ketorolac Tromethamine)

Acular Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

Clinical Studies Experience

Because clinical studies are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical studies of a drug cannot be directly compared to the rates in the clinical studies of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

The most frequent adverse reactions reported with the use of ketorolac tromethamine ophthalmic solutions have been transient stinging and burning on instillation. These reactions were reported by up to 40% of patients participating in clinical trials.

Other adverse reactions occurring approximately 1 to 10% of the time during treatment with ketorolac tromethamine ophthalmic solutions included allergic reactions, corneal edema, iritis, ocular inflammation, ocular irritation, superficial keratitis, and superficial ocular infections.

Other adverse reactions reported rarely with the use of ketorolac tromethamine ophthalmic solutions included: corneal infiltrates, corneal ulcer, eye dryness, headaches, and visual disturbance (blurry vision).

Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-marketing use of ketorolac tromethamine ophthalmic solution 0.5% in clinical practice. Because they are reported voluntarily from a population of unknown size, estimates of frequency cannot be made. The reactions, which have been chosen for inclusion due to either their seriousness, frequency of reporting, possible causal connection to topical ketorolac tromethamine ophthalmic solution 0.5% or a combination of these factors, include bronchospasm or exacerbation of asthma, corneal erosion, corneal perforation, corneal thinning, and epithelial breakdown [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Acular (Ketorolac Tromethamine)

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© Acular Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Acular Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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