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Bromfenac (Into the eye)

Bromfenac (BROME-fen-ak)

Treats pain and swelling of the eye after cataract surgery. This medicine is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

Brand Name(s):

Bromday, Prolensa

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

Do not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to bromfenac.

How to Use This Medicine:

Liquid, Drop

  • Take your medicine as directed.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Lie down or tilt your head back. With your index finger, pull down the lower lid of your eye to form a pocket.
  • To use the eye drops: Hold the dropper close to your eye with the other hand. Drop the correct number of drops into the pocket made between your lower lid and eyeball. Gently close your eyes. Place your index finger over the inner corner of your eye for 1 minute. Do not rinse or wipe the dropper or allow it to touch anything, including your eye. Put the cap on the bottle right away. Keep the bottle upright when you are not using it.
  • Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time, even if you feel better after the first few doses.
  • If your doctor tells you to use more than one eye medicine, use the medicines at least 5 minutes apart.
  • One bottle of Prolensa? should be used for only one eye. If you had surgery on both eyes, you will need a separate bottle for each eye. This will help prevent an infection.
  • Contact lenses:
    • Bromday®: Do not wear contacts during the time that you are being treated with this medicine.
    • Prolensa?: Take out your contacts before you put the medicine in your eye. Wait 10 minutes before you put your contact lenses back in.

If a dose is missed:

  • Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Keep the bottle tightly closed when you are not using it.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of the used medicine container and any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using a blood thinner (such as warfarin, Coumadin®, Jantoven®) or a steroid eye medicine (such as dexamethasone or fluocinolone).

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have asthma or a sulfite allergy. Tell your doctor if you have bleeding problems, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis. Make sure your doctor knows about all eye problems (such as cornea problems or dry eye syndrome) or surgeries you have had.
  • Tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to other medicines, especially to aspirin, phenylacetic acid, or other NSAIDs (such as diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen, Advil®, Aleve®, Celebrex®, Voltaren®).
  • If you hurt your eye, develop an eye infection, or need to have eye surgery, talk with your doctor right away. You may need to change your medicine or stop using it.
  • The medicine could make your eyes heal more slowly, especially if you also use a steroid medicine.
  • This medicine may cause keratitis or problems with the cornea. Check with your eye doctor right away if you have blurred vision, changes in vision, or eye redness, irritation, or pain.
  • Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
  • Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Bleeding, pain, or severe redness in your eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Ongoing problems with your vision

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Feeling that something is in your eye
  • Headache
  • Mild burning, stinging, or itching of your eye

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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