What is this medication and its most common uses?Ocufen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to prevent miosis (contraction of the pupil of the eye) during eye surgery. Ocufen is available as eye drops.
What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?How does this medication work?
Ocufen blocks a substance in your body that is involved in causing contraction of your pupils.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Ocufen has been shown to stop the contraction of your pupils during eye surgery.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Ocufen exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider will assess whether or not Ocufen is working.
What are the possible side effects of this medication?The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: burning or stinging of your eyes upon application, eye irritation.
Less common side effects may include:
Increased risk of bleeding of eye tissue with eye surgery.
Delayed healing after eye surgery.
Who should not take this medication?Do not use Ocufen if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Ocufen. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have bleeding problems; a history of an allergic reaction with aspirin or any other NSAID (such as ibuprofen or naproxen); or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended dose is one drop in your eye every 30 minutes, starting 2 hours before surgery (for a total of 4 drops).
How should I take this medication?Use Ocufen exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose without first talking to your healthcare provider.
What should I avoid while taking this medication?Do not allow the tip of the bottle to touch your eye or any other surface, as this can contaminate Ocufen.
Do not use the same bottle for both eyes.
What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?No significant interactions have been reported with Ocufen at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Ocufen during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are using Ocufen. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?Ocufen should be used under special circumstances determined by your healthcare provider. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice.
How should I store this medication?Store at room temperature.