Acuvail

Generic Name: Ketorolac

  • What is Acuvail?

    Acuvail is an eye drop medicine used to treat pain and inflammation in your eye after a certain eye surgery called cataract surgery.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Acuvail?

    Topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including Acuvail, can slow or delay healing. This problem can increase with the use of other medications that can cause healing problems, including topical (applied directly to your skin) corticosteroids (such as prednisone).

    If you are allergic to aspirin or other NSAIDs, you can develop an allergic reaction to Acuvail.

    Also, NSAIDs, including Acuvail, 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.

    Acuvail 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 Acuvail more than 1 day before or more than 14 days after surgery, you can have a higher chance of developing corneal side effects.

    Tell your doctor immediately if you develop another eye condition (such as trauma or infection) or have eye surgery while you are using Acuvail.

  • Who should not take Acuvail?

    Do not use Acuvail if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Acuvail?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Acuvail. 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: Apply 1 drop into the affected eye(s) twice a day 1 day before surgery, on the day of surgery, and continued through the first 2 weeks after surgery.

  • How should I take Acuvail?

    Apply Acuvail 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.

    If you are using other medicines that are applied to your eye while you are using Acuvail, administer the medicines at least 5 minutes apart.

  • What should I avoid while taking Acuvail?

    Do not allow the dropper tip of the single-use vials to contact your eyes or surrounding structures, as this can contaminate Acuvail.

    Do not use Acuvail while you are wearing contact lenses.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Acuvail?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Acuvail 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 Acuvail?

    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: bleeding of your eye, blurred vision, corneal swelling, eye pain, headache, increased pressure in your eye, tearing

  • Can I receive Acuvail if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Acuvail 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 Acuvail?

    If you miss a dose of Acuvail, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Acuvail?

    Store at room temperature. Store the vials in the pouch, protected from light. Fold pouch ends closed.