ketorolac ophthalmic (generic name)

Acular (brand name)

This eye drop is used to treat pain and swelling after eye surgery
(kee toe ROLE ak)
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What is this medicine?

KETOROLAC (kee toe ROLE ak) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This eye drop is used to treat pain and swelling after eye surgery. It is also used to decrease swelling or redness caused by allergies.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bleeding problems
  • contact lenses
  • diabetes mellitus
  • dry eye syndrome, other eye problems, or recent eye surgery
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to ketorolac, aspirin, other NSAIDs, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use in the eye. Do not take by mouth. Remove contact lenses before use. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Tilt your head back slightly and pull your lower eyelid down with your index finger to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to your eye, fingertips, or any other surface. Use 1 bottle for each eye after eye surgery in both eyes. Do not use the same bottle for both eyes. Squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the pouch. Close the eye gently to spread the drops. Your vision may blur for a few minutes. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. For smaller, single-use vials, throw away each vial after use.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • corticosteroid eye drops or ointments such as dexamethasone
  • medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin

Do not use any other eye products without asking your doctor or health care professional.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your eye symptoms do not get better within 2 to 3 days. Do not use for longer than directed by your doctor or health care professional.

You should not wear contact lenses while you are using this medicine, unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • bleeding in the white part of your eye
  • sores in the eye or eye irritation that gets worse

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • blurred vision
  • burning or stinging after instilling the drops
  • dry eyes

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store this medicine at room temperature between 15 and 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light. If single-use vials are supplied in foil pouches, store vials in the pouch with the pouch ends closed. For standard size vials, throw away any unused eye solution one month after opening. For smaller, single-use vials, throw away each vial after use, and throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: June 19, 2012
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