What is Acular LS?Acular LS is an eye drop medicine used to reduce pain, burning, or stinging in your eye after a certain eye surgery called corneal refractive surgery.
What is the most important information I should know about Acular LS?If you are allergic to aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), you can develop an allergic reaction to Acular LS.
NSAIDs, including Acular LS, can increase your bleeding time. This medication can cause increased bleeding of your eye tissues due to eye surgery. Use this medication with caution if you have bleeding problems or are taking other medications that can increase your bleeding time.
Also, topical NSAIDs, including Acular LS, can slow or delay healing. This problem can increase with the use of other medications that can cause healing problems, including topical corticosteroids (such as prednisone).
Acular LS can cause inflammation of your cornea (the clear tissue over the pupil of the eye). If you continue to use this medication, you can develop tissue breakdown or thinning, erosion, ulcers, or puncturing of your cornea. These problems can be threatening to your sight. You can have a higher chance of getting these problems if you have complicated or repeated eye surgeries, corneal tissue defects, diabetes, eye surface diseases, or rheumatoid arthritis (a type of arthritis that involves inflammation of the joints).
If you use Acular LS more than 24 hours before or more than 14 days after surgery, you can have a higher chance of developing corneal side effects.
Who should not take Acular LS?Do not use Acular LS if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Acular LS?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Acular LS. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, bleeding problems, complicated or repeated eye surgeries, corneal tissue defects, diabetes, eye surface diseases, or rheumatoid arthritis.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults and children ≥3 years: Apply 1 drop into the affected eye(s) 4 times a day as needed for up to 4 days after surgery.
How should I take Acular LS?Apply Acular LS exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
What should I avoid while taking Acular LS?Do not use Acular LS while you are wearing contact lenses.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Acular LS?No significant interactions have been reported with Acular LS at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
What are the possible side effects of Acular LS?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: allergic reactions, bleeding of your eye, burning or stinging of your eye upon applying, corneal infiltrates, corneal swelling, eye infections, eye inflammation or irritation, eye pain, eye swelling, headache
Can I receive Acular LS if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Acular LS during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Acular LS?Acular LS should be given only as needed.
How should I store Acular LS?Store at room temperature.