Acular LS

Last updated on RxList: 4/26/2021
Drug Description

What Is Acular LS and how is it used?

Acular LS is a prescription medicine used to treat the symptoms of Allergic Conjunctivitis, Pain, Inflammation, Burning and Stinging of the Eye after surgery or as caused by seasonal allergies. Acular LS may be used alone or with other medications.

Acular LS belongs to a class of drugs called Ophthalmic NSAIDs younger than 2 years of age.

It is not known if Acular LS is safe and effective in children.

What are the possible side effects of Acular LS?

Acular LS may cause serious side effects including:

  • hives,
  • difficulty breathing,
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat,
  • severe burning, stinging, or itching or eyes,
  • a wound that will not heal,
  • eye pain,
  • redness of the eye,
  • watering of the eye,
  • vision changes,
  • increased sensitivity to light,
  • white patches on your eyes, and
  • crusting or drainage from your eyes

Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.

The most common side effects of Acular LS include:

  • mild eye pain, stinging, or redness,
  • blurred vision,
  • watery eyes,
  • swollen or puffy eyelids, and
  • headache

Tell the doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of Acular LS. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

DESCRIPTION

ACULAR LS™ (ketorolac tromethamine ophthalmic solution) 0.4% is a member of the pyrrolo-pyrrole group of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for ophthalmic use.

Structural and Molecular Formula:

ACULAR LS (ketorolac tromethamine) Structural Formula Illustration

Chemical Name: (±)-5-Benzoyl-2,3-dihydro-1H-pyrrolizine-1-carboxylic acid, compound with 2-amino-2-(hydroxymethyl)-1,3-propanediol (1:1)

Contains: Active: ketorolac tromethamine 0.4%. Preservative: benzalkonium chloride 0.006%. Inactives:sodium chloride; edetate disodium 0.015%; octoxynol 40; purified water; and hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide to adjust the pH.

ACULAR LS™ (ketorolac tromethamine ophthalmic solution) ophthalmic solution is supplied as a sterile isotonic aqueous 0.4% solution, with a pH of approximately 7.4. ACULAR LS™ ophthalmic solution is a racemic mixture of R-(+) and S-(-)-ketorolac tromethamine. Ketorolac tromethamine may exist in three crystal forms. All forms are equally soluble in water. The pKa of ketorolac is 3.5. This white to off-white crystalline substance discolors on prolonged exposure to light. The osmolality of ACULAR LS™ (ketorolac tromethamine ophthalmic solution) ophthalmic solution is approximately 290 mOsml/kg.

Indications & Dosage

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INDICATIONS

ACULAR LS ophthalmic solution is indicated for the reduction of ocular pain and burning/stinging following corneal refractive surgery.

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

Recommended Dosing

The recommended dose of ACULAR LS ophthalmic solution is one drop four times a day in the operated eye as needed for pain and burning/stinging for up to 4 days following corneal refractive surgery.

Use With Other Topical Ophthalmic Medications

ACULAR LS has been safely administered in conjunction with other topical ophthalmic medications such as alpha-agonists, antibiotics, beta-blockers, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, cycloplegics, and mydriatics. Drops should be administered at least 5 minutes apart.

HOW SUPPLIED

Dosage Forms And Strengths

Ophthalmic solution containing ketorolac tromethamine 0.4% (4 mg/mL).

Storage And Handling

ACULAR LS (ketorolac tromethamine ophthalmic solution) 0.4% is supplied sterile, in white opaque plastic LDPE bottles with white droppers, with a gray high impact polystyrene (HIPS) caps as follows:

5 mL in 10 mL bottle NDC 0023-9277-05

Storage

Store at 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F). Protect from light. After opening, ACULAR LS can be used until the expiration date on the bottle.

Distributed by: Allergan USA, Inc. Madison, NJ 07940. Revised: Mar 2021

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Side Effects & Drug Interactions

SIDE EFFECTS

The following serious adverse reactions are described elsewhere in the labeling:

  • Delayed Healing [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Cross-Sensitivity or Hypersensitivity [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Increased Bleeding Time [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Corneal Effects [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]

Clinical Trials Experience

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

The most frequently reported adverse reactions for ACULAR LS ophthalmic solution occurring in approximately 1 to 5% of the overall study population were conjunctival hyperemia, corneal infiltrates, headache, ocular edema, and ocular pain.

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 in 1 to 10% of the time during treatment with other ketorolac tromethamine ophthalmic solutions included allergic reactions (including eye swelling, eyelid edema, and hyperemia), 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 ulcer, eye dryness, and visual disturbance (blurry vision).

Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during postmarketing use of ketorolac tromethamine ophthalmic solutions 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 solutions or a combination of these factors, include bronchospasm or exacerbation of asthma, corneal erosion, corneal perforation, corneal thinning and corneal melt, and epithelial breakdown [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

DRUG INTERACTIONS

No Information provided

Warnings & Precautions

WARNINGS

Included as part of the PRECAUTIONS section.

PRECAUTIONS

Delayed Healing

Topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may slow or delay healing. Topical corticosteroids are also known to slow or delay healing. Concomitant use of topical NSAIDs and topical steroids may increase the potential for healing problems.

Cross-Sensitivity Or Hypersensitivity

There is the potential for cross-sensitivity to acetylsalicylic acid, phenylacetic acid derivatives, and other NSAIDs. There have been reports of bronchospasm or exacerbation of asthma associated with the use of ketorolac tromethamine ophthalmic solution in patients who have either a known hypersensitivity to aspirin/non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or a past medical history of asthma. Therefore, caution should be used when treating individuals who have previously exhibited sensitivities to these drugs.

Increased Bleeding Time

With some NSAIDs, there exists the potential for increased bleeding time due to interference with thrombocyte aggregation. There have been reports that ocularly applied nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may cause increased bleeding of ocular tissues (including hyphemas) in conjunction with ocular surgery.

It is recommended that ACULAR LS ophthalmic solution be used with caution in patients with known bleeding tendencies or who are receiving other medications, which may prolong bleeding time.

Corneal Effects

Use of topical NSAIDs may result in keratitis. In some susceptible patients, continued use of topical NSAIDs may result in epithelial breakdown, corneal thinning, corneal erosion, corneal ulceration, or corneal perforation. These events may be sight threatening. Patients with evidence of corneal epithelial breakdown should immediately discontinue use of topical NSAIDs and should be closely monitored for corneal health.

Postmarketing experience with topical NSAIDs suggests that patients with complicated ocular surgeries, corneal denervation, corneal epithelial defects, diabetes mellitus, ocular surface diseases (e.g., dry eye syndrome), rheumatoid arthritis, or repeat ocular surgeries within a short period of time may be at increased risk for corneal adverse events which may become sight threatening. Topical NSAIDs should be used with caution in these patients.

Postmarketing experience with topical NSAIDs also suggests that use more than 1 day prior to surgery or use beyond 14 days post-surgery may increase patient risk for the occurrence and severity of corneal adverse events.

Risk Of Contamination

Do not allow the tip of the bottle to contact the eye or surrounding structures because this could cause the tip to become contaminated by common bacteria known to cause ocular infections. Serious damage to the eye and subsequent loss of vision may result from using contaminated solutions.

Contact Lens Wear

ACULAR LS should not be administered while wearing contact lenses.

Use In Specific Populations

Pregnancy

Risk Summary

There are no adequate or well-controlled studies with ACULAR LS in pregnant women. No evidence of teratogenicity has been observed in rats or rabbits with ACULAR LS at clinically relevant doses.

Lactation

Risk Summary

It is not known whether ketorolac when given topically is present in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human mik, caution should be exercised when ACULAR LS is administered to a nursing woman.

Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness of ketorolac tromethamine in pediatric patients below the age of 3 have not been established.

Geriatric Use

No overall differences in safety or effectiveness have been observed between elderly and other adult patients.

Overdosage & Contraindications

OVERDOSE

No Information provided

CONTRAINDICATIONS

ACULAR LS ophthalmic solution is contraindicated in patients with previously demonstrated hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients in the formulation [see ADVERSE REACTIONS].

Clinical Pharmacology

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

Mechanism Of Action

Ketorolac tromethamine is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug which, when administered systemically, has demonstrated analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-pyretic activity. The mechanism of its action is thought to be due to its ability to inhibit prostaglandin biosynthesis.

Pharmacokinetics

One drop of 0.5% ketorolac tromethamine ophthalmic solution was instilled into one eye and one drop of vehicle into the other eye TID in 26 healthy subjects. Five of 26 subjects had detectable concentrations of ketorolac in their plasma (range 11 to 23 ng/mL) at day 10 during topical ocular treatment.

Two drops of 0.5% ketorolac tromethamine ophthalmic solution instilled into the eyes of patients 12 hours and 1 hour prior to cataract extraction achieved a mean ketorolac concentration of 95 ng/mL in the aqueous humor of 8 of 9 eyes tested (range 40 to 170 ng/mL).

Clinical Studies

In two double-masked, multi-centered, parallel-group studies, 313 patients who had undergone photorefractive keratectomy received ACULAR LS 0.4% or its vehicle QID for up to 4 days. Significant differences favored ACULAR LS for the reduction of ocular pain and burning/stinging following photorefractive keratectomy surgery.

Results from clinical studies indicate that ketorolac tromethamine has no significant effect upon intraocular pressure.

The safety and effectiveness of ACULAR LS in post-cataract surgery patients has not been established.

Medication Guide

PATIENT INFORMATION

Slow Or Delayed Healing

Inform patients of the possibility that slow or delayed healing may occur while using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Avoiding Contamination Of The Product

Instruct patients to avoid allowing the tip of the bottle to contact the eye or surrounding structures because this could cause the tip to become contaminated by common bacteria known to cause ocular infections. Serious damage to the eye and subsequent loss of vision may result from using contaminated solutions.

Contact Lens Wear

Advise patients that ACULAR LS ophthalmic solution should not be administered while wearing contact lenses.

Intercurrent Ocular Conditions

Advise patients that if they develop an intercurrent ocular condition (e.g., trauma or infection) or have ocular surgery, they should immediately seek their physician’s advice concerning the continued use of ACULAR LS.

Concomitant Topical Ocular Therapy

Advise patients that if more than one topical ophthalmic medication is being used, the medicines should be administered at least 5 minutes apart.

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