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Generic Name: diclofenac ophthalmic (dye KLOE feh nak)
Brand Names: Voltaren Ophthalmic

What is diclofenac ophthalmic?

Diclofenac ophthalmic is in a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It reduces pain and inflammation in the eyes.

Diclofenac ophthalmic is used to reduce swelling after cataract removal surgery.

Diclofenac ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about diclofenac ophthalmic?

Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.

Apply light pressure to the inside corner of your eye (near your nose) after each drop to prevent the fluid from draining down your tear duct.

Who should not use diclofenac ophthalmic?

Do not use diclofenac ophthalmic if you have a herpes infection in your eye.

Before using diclofenac ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you have

  • any type of bleeding or blood-clotting disease,

  • recently had surgery, or

  • stomach ulcers.

You may not be able to use diclofenac ophthalmic, or you may require special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Diclofenac ophthalmic is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. Do not use diclofenac ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is not known whether diclofenac ophthalmic passes into breast milk. Do not use diclofenac ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use diclofenac ophthalmic?

Use diclofenac ophthalmic eyedrops exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Wash your hands before using the eyedrops.

To apply the eyedrops:

  • Tilt your head slightly back and pull down on your lower eyelid. Position the dropper above your eye. Look up and away from the dropper. Squeeze out a drop and close your eye. Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of your eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to prevent the liquid from draining down your tear duct. If you are using more than one drop in the same eye or drops in both eyes, repeat the process with about 5 minutes between drops.

Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye. Do not use any eyedrop that is discolored or has particles in it. Store diclofenac ophthalmic at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle properly capped.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one as directed. Do not use a double dose of this medication.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of this medication is unlikely to occur. If you do suspect an overdose, call an emergency room or poison control center near you. If the drops have been ingested, drink plenty of fluid and call an emergency center for advice.

What should I avoid while using diclofenac ophthalmic?

Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.

If you wear contact lenses, ask your doctor if you should wear them during treatment with diclofenac ophthalmic. After applying the medication, wait at least 15 minutes before inserting contact lenses, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Do not use other eye drops or medications during treatment with diclofenac ophthalmic unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Diclofenac ophthalmic side effects

Serious side effects are not expected with this medication.

Some eye burning, stinging, irritation, itching, redness, or sensitivity to light may occur. Continue to use diclofenac ophthalmic and talk to your doctor about any side effects that you experience.

What other drugs will affect diclofenac ophthalmic?

Do not use other eye drops or medications-especially acetylcholine chloride (Miochol) and carbachol (Carboptic, Isopto Carbachol), during treatment with diclofenac ophthalmic unless otherwise directed by your doctor. These drugs may decrease the effects of diclofenac ophthalmic.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with diclofenac ophthalmic. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has additional information about diclofenac ophthalmic written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Diclofenac ophthalmic is available under the brand name Voltaren. Other brand or generic formulations of this medication may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.

  • Voltaren 0.1%

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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