Voltaren Ophthalmic

Generic Name: Diclofenac

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Voltaren ophthalmic is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat inflammation in your eyes after a cataract surgery. It is also used to relieve pain and photophobia (sensitivity to light) during a certain type of eye surgery called corneal refractive surgery. Voltaren ophthalmic is available as an eye drop.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Voltaren ophthalmic blocks a substance in your body that is involved in causing inflammation and pain.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Voltaren ophthalmic may reduce inflammation and relieve pain and photophobia in your eyes.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Voltaren ophthalmic exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may feel an improvement in your eye pain and inflammation once you begin using Voltaren ophthalmic. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

  • 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: tearing, keratitis (inflammation of the cornea [the clear tissue over the pupil of your eye]), burning, stinging, increased pressure in your eye.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Increased risk of bleeding of the eye tissue with eye surgery.

    Delayed healing or other eye problems after eye surgery.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Voltaren ophthalmic 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 Voltaren ophthalmic. 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); eye problems; rheumatoid arthritis; diabetes; 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.

    Cataract Surgery

    Adults: The usual dose is 1 drop to the affected eye 4 times a day, starting 24 hours after surgery and continuing throughout the first 2 weeks.

    Corneal Refractive Surgery

    Adults: The usual dose is 1 to 2 drops to the affected eye within 1 hour before surgery and then 1 to 2 drops within 15 minutes after surgery. Continue 4 times a day for up to 3 days.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Voltaren ophthalmic 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 use the same bottle for both eyes.

    Do not wear soft contact lenses during the first 3 days after surgery, unless directed to do so by your healthcare provider.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Voltaren ophthalmic 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 Voltaren ophthalmic during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are using Voltaren ophthalmic. 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?

    Voltaren ophthalmic 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.