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Description

Ilevro is an eye drop medication consisting of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called nepafenac. We carry these eye drops in the brand choice available in 0.30%!

Ilevro Eye Drops (nepafenac) are used to help soothe the pain and irritation of the eyes following a cataract surgery. Cataract eye surgery is a fairly common procedure and a fairly safe one too, however, no matter how smoothly the surgery goes, there is always going to be inflammation and pain. Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that the patients do not have to stay at the hospital following surgery. Since patients have go home when the surgery is done, they will need some sort of pain relief for once they leave the hospital.

The Ilevro Eye Drops are effective at reducing inflammation and pain in the eye due to nepafenac and its’ ability to block prostaglandins and their actions which cause pain and swelling.

Directions

Follow only the directions given to you by your health care professional. Do not take more or less of dose. You may end up making your condition worse by doing so.

Ilevro is most commonly started a day prior to surgery, and is continued for the following 2 weeks after surgery.

If you wear soft eye contact lenses, you may want to switch to glasses for the duration of treatment. If you prefer your contact lenses, you must ensure you take them out when applying the eye drops and putting them back in after 15 minutes after applying.

Wash your hands before putting in the eye drops.

To apply the drops

Shake the bottle well before use

Tilt your head back

Pull down on your lower eyelid (to form a pouch)

Hold the dropper above the eye and squeeze a drop into the pouch

Close your eyes for 1 – 2 minutes.

Cautions

Follow all directions on your prescription label.

Tell each of your healthcare professionals all the medications you are currently taking along with any medical conditions you may have. Include any drug allergies.

Do not use this product if you are allergic to nepafenac or other NSAIDs.

Using this medication late in a pregnancy could cause medical problems in the newborn. Avoid using this medication if you are pregnant and close to your due date.

You should avoid breast feeding while using these eye drops as it may be unsafe; consult your doctor to learn more about the effects this drug has on nursing infants.

 This medication is not approved for patients under the age of 10 years old. Consider an alternative.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Ilevro Eye Drops (nepafenac) 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.

The above side effects should not alarm you.

Serious side effects of Ilevro Eye Drops (nepafenac) may include:

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.

If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.

FAQs

Can I use the same bottle for both eyes?

No. If you need to apply the drops into both eyes, each eye needs its own separate bottle of medicine.

How long can I use this medication for?

You should not exceed a max of 14 days using this medication. This may only be done if your doctor has directed you to.

What are some other medications that may interact with Ilevro Eye Drops?

Any type of steroid medicine applied directly to the skin; topical steroid medications and other NSAIDs; such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, and others.

What are signs of an allergic reaction?

Signs of an allergic reaction include hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.