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Ocufen Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before I receive flurbiprofen ophthalmic (Ocufen)?

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

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

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

How should I use flurbiprofen ophthalmic (Ocufen)?

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.

Flurbiprofen 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.

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