Acular (Generic Ketorolac Ophthalmic)
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Why is this medication prescribed?
The use of ophthalmic ketorolac is used to treat allergic-related irritated eyes. Additionally, it is used to alleviate inflammation and swelling that may develop after cataract surgery. Ketorolac belongs to the group of medicines known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It functions by preventing the release of chemicals that produce inflammation and allergic symptoms.
How should this medicine be used?
Ophthalmic ketorolac is available as a liquid solution that is injected into the eyes. One drop is typically injected into the afflicted eyes four times a day to treat allergy symptoms. One drop is typically injected into the afflicted eye four times per day for two weeks starting 24 hours after cataract surgery to treat inflammation. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Ketorolac ophthalmic should only be used as prescribed. Use just as directed by your doctor, and don’t go over or under the recommended dosage.
When you apply the eye drops, your irritated eyes should stop being an allergy symptom. Call your doctor if your symptoms don’t go away or get worse.
Use ketorolac eye drops to relieve itchy eyes brought on by allergies up until you are no longer exposed to the trigger, the allergy season has passed, or your doctor instructs you to stop.
Follow these steps to administer the eye drops:
- Use soap and water to thoroughly wash your hands.
- Make sure the dropper tip is not broken or chipped by inspecting it.
- Eye drops and droppers must be kept clean; avoid contacting the dropper tip to your eye or anything else.
- Pull your lower eyelid down to create a pocket with your index finger while cocking your head back.
- With your other hand, place the dropper as near to your eye as you can without touching it, tip down.
- Place the hand’s remaining fingers to your face.
- Squeeze the dropper gently while looking up so that a single drop falls into the lower eyelid’s pocket. Your index finger should be taken off the lower eyelid.
- Tip your head down so that you are looking at the floor while closing your eyes for two to three minutes. Avoid blinking or squeezing your eyelids.
- Give the tear duct a slight squeeze with your finger.
- Use a tissue to remove any extra liquid from your face.
- Wait at least 5 minutes before administering the subsequent drop if you need to use more than one in the same eye.
- Replace and secure the dropper bottle’s cap. Never rinse or clean the dropper tip.
- To get rid of any medication, wash your hands.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using ketorolac eye drops,
- If you have an allergy to aspirin, ketorolac, or any other drugs, tell your doctor right away.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any additional prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbal products, vitamins, and nutritional supplements you are now taking or intend to take. Any of the following should be mentioned: Warfarin (Coumadin), aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (celecoxib [Celebrex], diclofenac [Voltaren], etodolac [Lodine], fenoprofen [Nalfon], and flurbiprofen), and anticoagulants (sometimes known as “blood thinners”) (Ansaid), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Midol), indomethacin (Indocin), ketoprofen (Orudis, Oruvail), ketorolac (Toradol), meclofenamate, mefenamic (Ponstel), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), nabumetone (Relafen), oxaprozin (Daypro), Piroxicam (Feldene) (Tolectin).
- If you have bleeding issues or have ever had heart, renal, or liver disease, let your doctor know.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby.
- If you wear soft contact lenses, let your doctor know. Using ketorolac eye drops while sporting soft contact lenses is not advised.
- After applying the drops, take careful when handling machinery or when driving as your vision may become foggy.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
The missed dose should be administered as soon as you remember. If your next dose is almost due, omit the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing regimen. To make up for a missing dose, do not provide a second dose.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Side effects from ketorolac eye drops are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Eyes that are stinging and itchy
- Hazy vision
Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away and stop using ketorolac eye drops if you have any of the following signs:
- Eye, tongue, lip, or skin redness or swelling
- Infection around or in the eyes
- Hives, a skin rash, or other skin changes
- Beathing or swallowing challenges
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
In case of emergency/overdose
Dial 1-800-222-1222 to reach your local poison control centre if someone ingests ketorolac eye drops. Dial 911 to reach the nearest emergency services if the sufferer has collapsed or has stopped breathing.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
Do not share your medication with anybody else. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.