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Last reviewed on RxList: 11/28/2018
Nevanac Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 11/28/2018

Nevanac (nepafenac ophthalmic suspension) 0.1%, Topical Ophthalmic (for the eyes) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to reduce pain and swelling after cataract surgery. Common side effects of Nevanac include:

  • temporary stinging or burning in your eyes for 1-2 minutes when applied,
  • eye redness,
  • headache,
  • dry or sticky feeling in the eye,
  • feeling like something is in your eye,
  • itching or watering of the eye,
  • increased sensitivity to light,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting, or
  • stuffy nose.

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

The recommended dose of Nevanac is one drop applied to the affected eye three times daily beginning 1 day prior to cataract surgery, continued on the day of surgery and through the first 2 weeks of the postoperative period. Before using Nevanac, tell your doctor if you also use any steroid medication, including steroids eye drops. Other drugs may interact with Nevanac. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. During pregnancy, Nevanac should be used only when prescribed during the first 6 months. Avoid use during the last 3 months of pregnancy due to the possible harm to a fetus. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Nevanac (nepafenac ophthalmic suspension) 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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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Some side effects are caused by cataract surgery and are not side effects of the medication. Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe eye pain or redness;
  • eyelid pain, trouble opening your eyes;
  • vision problems;
  • increased sensitivity to light;
  • watery eyes, crusting or drainage of your eyes;
  • puffy eyelids; or
  • unusual bleeding or bruising, or a wound that will not heal.

Common side effects may include

  • blurred or hazy vision;
  • decreased vision;
  • feeling like something is in your eye;
  • sticky feeling in the eye; or
  • increased pressure inside the eye.

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 Nevanac (Nepafenac Ophthalmic Suspension)


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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.

Ocular Adverse Reactions

The most frequently reported ocular adverse reactions following cataract surgery were capsular opacity, decreased visual acuity, foreign body sensation, increased intraocular pressure, and sticky sensation. These reactions occurred in approximately 5 to 10% of patients.

Other ocular adverse reactions occurring at an incidence of approximately 1 to 5% included conjunctival edema, corneal edema, dry eye, lid margin crusting, ocular discomfort, ocular hyperemia, ocular pain, ocular pruritus, photophobia, tearing and vitreous detachment.

Some of these reactions may be the consequence of the cataract surgical procedure.

Non-Ocular Adverse Reactions

Non-ocular adverse reactions reported at an incidence of 1 to 4% included headache, hypertension, nausea/vomiting, and sinusitis.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Nevanac (Nepafenac Ophthalmic Suspension)

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