What is Nevanac Eye Drops (Nepafenac) prescribed for?
Prostaglandins are a group of lipids that are made at the sites of tissue damage or infections that are involved in dealing with injury and illness. They control the process of inflammation, blood flow, and the formation of blood clots.
Nepafenac, the active ingredient in Nevanac Eye Drops, are used to relieve eye pain, irritation, and redness following a cataract eye surgery. Nepafenac belongs to a group of drugs known as anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). And generally how it works is by blocking the natural substance in your body, known as Prostaglandin, which is the cause of the pain and the swelling.
This medication is usually applied 3 times a day, starting 1 day before your surgery. You are are to commence usage of them on the day after surgery and for 2 weeks after that as well. Your doctor will give you specific instructions; listen to what they have to offer.
To apply the eye drops wash your hands first, and then make sure to shake the bottle well before each dose. And to avoid any contamination, do not let the dropper touch your eye, or any other surface. Do not wear any contact lenses while using this medication.
When ready to apply, tilt your head back and look upward. Then gently pull down your lower eyelid to create what appears to be a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over your eye and drop in the prescribed amount of drops. Look downward and gently close your eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Try not to blink and do not rub your eye. Repeat these steps for your other eye if directed.
Do not rinse the dropper; replace the dropper cap after each use.
If you are using other eye medications, then wait at least 5 minutes before applying the other medications after the use of Nevanac Eye Drops.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Nepafenac; or to aspirin, or to other NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, celecoxib); or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as preservatives like benzalkonium chloride), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems
Before taking this medication, it is for the best to inform your doctor of your Medical history. Especially if have ever had any of the following; asthma (including a history of worsening breathing after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs), bleeding problems, previous eye surgery, other eye problems (e.g., dry eye syndrome, corneal problems), diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, nasal polyps.
Your vision may be temporarily unstable after applying this drug. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
Some of these side effects may occur when taking this medication; they are as follows; this medication may temporarily sting or burn your eyes for 1-2 minutes when applied. Eye redness and headache may also occur. However, if these symptoms do persist or worsen, it is best then to speak with your doctor.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: eye swelling/pain, eye discharge/extreme watering, vision changes.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.