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Voltaren Ophthalmic Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Voltaren Ophthalmic (diclofenac sodium) Solution 0.1% is used to reduce swelling, pain, and light sensitivity after cataract surgery or corneal refractive surgery. It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include stinging/burning of the eyes for 1 to 2 minutes and temporary blurred vision this medication is applied. Watery eyes may also occur.
A dose of one drop of Voltaren Ophthalmic should be applied to the affected eye following cataract surgery, 4 times daily beginning 24 hours after surgery and continuing throughout the first 2 weeks of the postoperative period. One or two drops of Voltaren Ophthalmic should be applied to the operative eye within the hour prior to corneal refractive surgery. Within 15 minutes after surgery, one or two drops should be applied to the operative eye and continued 4 times daily for up to 3 days. Voltaren Ophthalmic may interact with blood thinners. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Voltaren Ophthalmic should be used only when clearly needed during the first 6 months. It is not recommended for use during the last 3 months of pregnancy due to possible harm to a fetus. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Voltaren Ophthalmic (diclofenac sodium) 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.
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Voltaren Ophthalmic in Detail - Patient Information: 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:
- severe burning, stinging, or itching of your eyes;
- eye pain, redness, or excessive watering;
- vision changes, increased sensitivity to light;
- white patches on your eyes;
- crusting or drainage of your eyes; or
- dizziness, stomach pain, vomiting, weakness, fever, chills, or flu symptoms (can occur if the medicine is absorbed into your bloodstream).
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild burning, stinging, or itching of your eyes;
- swollen or puffy eyelids;
- nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;
- weakness, fever or chills;
- sleep problems (insomnia); or
- runny nose.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Voltaren Ophthalmic (Diclofenac Sodium Ophthalmic Solution) »
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Voltaren Ophthalmic Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: eye pain, decreased vision, bleeding in the eye (increased redness in the eye).
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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What is Prescribing information?
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Voltaren Ophthalmic FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Transient burning and stinging were reported in approximately 15% of patients across studies with the use of Voltaren Ophthalmic. In cataract surgery studies, keratitis was reported in up to 28% of patients receiving Voltaren Ophthalmic, although in many of these cases keratitis was initially noted prior to the initiation of treatment. Elevated intraocular pressure following cataract surgery was reported in approximately 15% of patients undergoing cataract surgery. Lacrimation complaints were reported in approximately 30% of case studies undergoing incisional refractive surgery. The following adverse reactions were reported in approximately 10% or less of the patients: abnormal vision, acute elevated IOP, blurred vision, conjunctivitis, corneal deposits, corneal edema, corneal opacity, corneal lesions, discharge, eyelid swelling, eye pain, injection (redness), iritis, irritation, itching, lacrimation disorder, and ocular allergy.
The following adverse reactions were reported in 3% or less of the patients: abdominal pain, asthenia, chills, dizziness, facial edema, fever, headache, insomnia, nausea, pain, rhinitis, viral infection, and vomiting.
The following reactions have been identified during postmarketing use of topical diclofenac sodium ophthalmic solution, 0.1% 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 diclofenac sodium ophthalmic solution, 0.1%, or a combination of these factors, include corneal erosion, corneal infiltrates, corneal perforation, corneal thinning, corneal ulceration, and epithelial breakdown (see PRECAUTIONS, General).
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Voltaren Ophthalmic (Diclofenac Sodium Ophthalmic Solution) »
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