What is Acular PF?Acular PF is an eye drop medicine used to reduce pain or light sensitivity of your eye after a certain eye surgery called incisional refractive surgery has been performed.
What is the most important information I should know about Acular PF?If you are allergic to aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), you can develop an allergic reaction to Acular PF.
NSAIDs, including Acular PF, 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 PF, can slow or delay healing. This problem can increase with the use of other medications that can cause healing problems, including topical (applied directly on the skin) corticosteroids (such as prednisone).
Acular PF 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 may be at increased risk of experiencing such 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 PF 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 PF?Do not use Acular PF 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 PF?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Acular PF. 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 3 days after surgery.
How should I take Acular PF?Apply Acular PF exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Use the single-use vial immediately after you open it. Discard the remaining contents of the vial immediately after administration.
What should I avoid while taking Acular PF?Do not allow the dropper tip of the single-use vials to contact your eyes or any other surface, as this can contaminate Acular PF.
Do not use Acular PF while you are wearing contact lenses.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Acular PF?No significant interactions have been reported with Acular PF 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 PF?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, burning or stinging of your eye upon applying, corneal swelling, eye infections, eye inflammation or irritation
Can I receive Acular PF if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Acular PF 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 PF?Acular PF should be given only as needed.
How should I store Acular PF?Store at room temperature. Protect from light.