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Acular (Ketorolac) is a medication used for short term relief of itchy eyes, most times caused by seasonal allergies but can be caused by a number of factors. It is also used after cataract surgery, to help reduce the swelling that occurs afterwards. This medication is made up of one active ingredient, ketorolac, and belongs to a class of drugs referred to as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
This drug acts like a bodyguard in your body by blocking certain natural substances in your body that cause the discomfort and swelling, which results in reducing of the irritating symptoms.
Acular eye drops are available in 0.50% strength in 5, 10, and 15ml bottles.
Tilt head back, look upwards, pull the lower lid out to create a pouch and drop drug into the eye - 4 times daily or as directed by your doctor
Wash your hands before using Acular
Only use this medication in your eyes
Do not wear contact lens if using Acular
If you are using another eye medication, wait at least 5 minutes before using the next medication
Use one bottle of Acular for one eye only. If you need to use it in both eyes, it is likely your doctor will prescribe you two bottles so each eye can have its own.
Tell your doctor if you have a:
Planned eye surgery
Eye wound or irritation that does not go away
Baby on the way or plan to be pregnant soon
Do not use for longer than directed by your doctor or if the drops have expired.
Use care when using eye drops before needing to drive or complete tasks that aqquire clear eyesight.
Do not share with others!
If any of the side effects begin to worry you, speak to your doctor about alternate medications.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Skip it, unless you next dose isn’t for another 15+ hours
Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
Only use if the benefit outweighs the risk in the first 2 trimesters of pregnancy. Do not use in the finally months of pregnancy. Use caution when using Acular and breast feeding. With usual dosage, ketorolac levels in breast milk are low, but it has not yet been studied on doses that are higher than average.
What is the best way to store this medication?
In room temperature away from light.
Is it possible to overdose?
You can accidently use to much of the medicine; if you accidently put an excessive amount of drops in, rinse your eyes very thoroughly.
Is this medication safe for children?
It is not known if Acular eye drops are safe and/or useful for children under 12 years.
What is the difference between Acular and Acular LS?
The main difference is the strength of the medication. Acular is .50% while Acular LS is .40. There is also a slight price difference, Acular being slightly more expensive.
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