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Voltaren Ophthalmic Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is diclofenac ophthalmic (Voltaren Ophthalmic)?
- What are the possible side effects of diclofenac ophthalmic (Voltaren Ophthalmic)?
- What is the most important information I should know about diclofenac ophthalmic (Voltaren Ophthalmic)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before I use diclofenac ophthalmic (Voltaren Ophthalmic)?
- How should I use diclofenac ophthalmic (Voltaren Ophthalmic)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Voltaren Ophthalmic)?
- What happens if I overdose (Voltaren Ophthalmic)?
- What should I avoid while using diclofenac ophthalmic (Voltaren Ophthalmic)?
- What other drugs will affect diclofenac ophthalmic (Voltaren Ophthalmic)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before I use diclofenac ophthalmic (Voltaren Ophthalmic)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to diclofenac or other NSAIDs.
To make sure you can safely use diclofenac ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder;
- dry eye syndrome; or
- if you have had other recent eye surgeries.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether diclofenac 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 diclofenac ophthalmic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using diclofenac ophthalmic.
How should I use diclofenac ophthalmic (Voltaren Ophthalmic)?
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.
Diclofenac ophthalmic is usually given 24 hours before cataract surgery, and continued for 3 to 14 days after surgery. Using the medication for longer than prescribed may increase the risk of serious side effects on your eyes.
Wash your hands before using eye medication.
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.
- Use the eye drops only in the eye you are having surgery on.
- Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.
- 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.
Do not allow the tip of the dropper to touch any surface, including your 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.
Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Additional Voltaren Ophthalmic Information
- Voltaren Ophthalmic Drug Interactions Center: diclofenac sodium opht
- Voltaren Ophthalmic Side Effects Center
- Voltaren Ophthalmic Overview including Precautions
- Voltaren Ophthalmic FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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