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All about: Diclofenac Drops

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Generic Name: Diclofenac Eye Drops (dye-KLOE-fen-ak)
Brand Name: Voltaren

Diclofenac Drops is used for:

Treating pain, redness, swelling, and sensitivity to light, which are symptoms related to certain eye surgeries. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Diclofenac Drops is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by reducing chemicals in the body that cause pain and inflammation.

Do NOT use Diclofenac Drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Diclofenac Drops
  • you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, breathing difficulties, dizziness) to another NSAID (eg, ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib) or aspirin

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Diclofenac Drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with Diclofenac Drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have bleeding or clotting problems or you are taking medicine that prolongs bleeding times (eg, warfarin, heparin)
  • if you have dry eye problems, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Diclofenac Drops. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Topical corticosteroids for the eye (eg, dexamethasone) because the eye may not be able to heal well

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Diclofenac Drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Diclofenac Drops:

Use Diclofenac Drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Diclofenac Drops is only for the eye. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
  • To use Diclofenac Drops in the eye, first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eyelid for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
  • To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • Wait at least 5 minutes after using Diclofenac Drops before using another medicine in the eye.
  • Do not wear contact lenses while you are using Diclofenac Drops. Take care of your contact lenses as directed by the manufacturer. Check with your doctor before you use them. The one exception is use of a bandage hydrogel soft contact lens during the first 3 days after refractive surgery. Use of hard contact lenses is not recommended.
  • If you miss a dose of Diclofenac Drops, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Diclofenac Drops.

Important safety information:

  • Diclofenac Drops may cause dizziness or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Diclofenac Drops with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Diclofenac Drops has diclofenac in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has diclofenac or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) medicine in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Diclofenac Drops should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Diclofenac Drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if Diclofenac Drops is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while using Diclofenac Drops.

Possible side effects of Diclofenac Drops:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Burning or stinging; discharge; eye redness, irritation, or itching.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blurred or distorted vision; eye infection; eyelid swelling or redness; sensitivity to glare or light.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center ( http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Diclofenac Drops:

Store Diclofenac Drops at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C), in the original container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Diclofenac Drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Diclofenac Drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Diclofenac Drops is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Diclofenac Drops. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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