About flurbiprofen eye drops
|Type of medicine||An anti-inflammatory eye drop|
|Used for||Before and after eye surgery and laser surgery, to control eye inflammation
Before an operation to help prevent the pupil becoming smaller during surgery
|Available as||Eye drops (as single use vials)|
Flurbiprofen eye drops work by reducing pain and inflammation in your eye. Flurbiprofen belongs to a group of medicines known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Before using flurbiprofen eye drops
Before using flurbiprofen eye drops make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine.
- If you are taking medicine to thin your blood, or if you have a tendency to bleed easily.
- If you have or have had previously, viral infections of the eye.
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal or complementary medicines.
How to use flurbiprofen eye drops
Before beginning treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet.
You must not use the vial if the seal on the vial neck is broken before you use it.
How to use these eye drops
- Wash your hands well before use.
- Twist off the tab to open the vial.
- Tilt your head back and gently pull out the lower lid of your eye to form a pocket.
- Hold the vial upside down near to your eye. Try not to touch your eye with the tip.
- Squeeze the vial to release one drop.
- Let go of the lower lid and close your eye for 30 seconds.
- Repeat in the other eye (if you have been instructed to use flurbiprofen in both eyes).
- If a drop misses your eye, try again.
- Throw away each vial immediately after use.
- Wash your hands.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Use flurbiprofen eye drops exactly as directed by your doctor.
- Other eye preparations should not usually be used with flurbiprofen. However, if your doctor recommends using flurbiprofen with another eye preparation, then leave at least 5 minutes between putting in flurbiprofen and the other preparation.
- Do not wear soft contact lenses while you are using flurbiprofen eye drops.
- Flurbiprofen eye drops are for you. Never give them to other people even if their condition appears to be the same as yours
Can flurbiprofen eye drops cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side effects, although not everybody experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side effects continue or become troublesome.
|Common side-effects - these affect less than 1 in 10 people who take this medicine||What can I do if I experience this|
|Irritation, stinging or burning in the eye||This can happen after applying the drops. It should pass quickly|
Important: If any of the side effects become serious, or if you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store flurbiprofen eye drops
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
- Do not use flurbiprofen after the expiry date which is printed on the vial. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 60th Edition (September 2010) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London.
- Manufacturer's PIL, Ocufen Eye Drops®; Manufacturer's PIL, Ocufen Eye Drops®, Allergan Ltd, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated July 2008.
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Pippa Crossley|
|Last Checked: 23/03/2011||Document ID: 13613 Version: 1||© EMIS|
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