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Acular LS (Ketorolac) is a medication used 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 LS eye drops are available in 0.40% strength in 5, 10, and 15ml bottles.
Follow directions given by your doctor.
Most people use Acular LS every 4-6 hours equaling an average of 2 -4 times per day.
To apply the eye drops:
Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid. Look up and away from the dropper and squeeze out a drop.
Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed. If you use more than one drop, wait about 5 minutes between drops and wait an extra 10 minutes if you are using another type of eye medication as well.
Tell your doctor if you are taking or plan to take pentoxifylline (Pentoxil) or probenecid (Probalan, in Col-Probenecid) as well as what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products. Also mention if you have ever had heart failure or plan on becoming pregnant.
This medication may cause drowsiness and driving a vehicle should only be done once you know the effects this medication has on you.
Do NOT breastfeed if you are on Acular LS.
This medication can cause kidney failure, ulcers, bleeding, and/or holes in the stomach and intestines.
Tell your doctor if you plan on having surgery.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
Common side effects may include:
Signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. If you have any signs showing that you are having an allergic reaction, seek medical attention immediately.
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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