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Bromfenac Ophthalmic

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Bromfenac Ophthalmic is prescribed for the treatment of eye conditions such as postoperative inflammation and pain following cataract surgery. It belongs to a class of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which work by reducing inflammation and pain in the eyes.

How should this medicine be used?

Bromfenac Ophthalmic is typically used as eye drops. Here’s a general guideline on how to use it:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before handling the eye drops.
  • Shake the bottle well before using it, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Twist off the cap of the bottle.
  • Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket.
  • Hold the bottle upside down with the tip pointing toward your eye. Be careful not to touch your eye, eyelid, or any other surface with the tip of the bottle to prevent contamination.
  • With your other hand, gently squeeze the bottle to release one drop into the pocket formed by your lower eyelid. Try to avoid blinking or squeezing your eye while applying the drop.
  • Close your eye gently for a moment to allow the medication to spread evenly across the surface of the eye.
  • If you are applying drops to both eyes, repeat the process for the other eye.
  • Replace the cap on the bottle and tighten it securely.
  • Wash your hands again to remove any residual medication.

It’s usually recommended to use Bromfenac Ophthalmic according to your doctor’s instructions. Typically, it’s applied once daily, starting 24 hours before cataract surgery, continuing on the day of surgery, and for the following 2 weeks after surgery. If you have any questions about how to use Bromfenac Ophthalmic or if you’re unsure about anything related to your eye treatment, consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist for clarification.

Other uses for this medicine

Bromfenac Ophthalmic is primarily prescribed for the treatment of inflammation and pain following cataract surgery, but it may also have off-label uses determined by your healthcare provider. These may include treating other types of eye inflammation or pain under their discretion.

What special precautions should I follow?

When using Bromfenac Ophthalmic, there are several special precautions to keep in mind:

  • Allergies: Inform your doctor if you have any allergies to bromfenac or any other medications before using Bromfenac Ophthalmic. This medication may contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
  • Medical History: Provide your doctor with your complete medical history, including any eye problems or surgeries, allergies, current medications, and other relevant information.
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, discuss the potential risks and benefits of using Bromfenac Ophthalmic with your doctor.
  • Children and Elderly: Safety and efficacy in children and elderly patients haven’t been established for all conditions. Use caution and follow your doctor’s recommendations if using Bromfenac Ophthalmic in these populations.
  • Contact Lenses: Remove contact lenses before applying Bromfenac Ophthalmic. You can reinsert them after waiting at least 10 minutes. Some formulations of eye drops may contain preservatives that can be absorbed by contact lenses.
  • Other Eye Medications: If you are using other eye medications, discuss the timing and dosage with your doctor. Wait at least 5 minutes between applying different eye medications to prevent interactions.
  • Driving and Operating Machinery: Bromfenac Ophthalmic may cause blurred vision or other vision changes temporarily after application. Avoid driving or operating machinery until your vision clears.
  • Side Effects: Be aware of potential side effects such as eye irritation, stinging or burning sensation, blurred vision, or sensitivity to light. If any of these side effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor promptly.
  • Follow-up Appointments: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your eye doctor to monitor your progress and assess the effectiveness of the treatment.

Always use Bromfenac Ophthalmic exactly as prescribed by your doctor and follow all instructions provided on the medication label. If you have any questions or concerns about its use, don’t hesitate to consult your healthcare provider.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Regarding special dietary instructions for Bromfenac Ophthalmic, there are typically none. However, if you have any concerns or specific dietary restrictions, discuss them with your healthcare provider.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you forget to use a dose of Bromfenac Ophthalmic, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up. If you’re unsure about what to do, consult your doctor or pharmacist for guidance.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Bromfenac Ophthalmic, like any medication, can cause side effects, although not everyone may experience them. Common side effects may include:

  • Eye Irritation: This can manifest as a burning or stinging sensation in the eye after applying the drops.
  • Blurred Vision: Temporary blurring of vision may occur immediately after using Bromfenac Ophthalmic. This effect usually resolves on its own.
  • Sensitivity to Light: Some individuals may experience increased sensitivity to light (photophobia) after using the eye drops.
  • Eye Redness: Redness of the eyes may occur as a mild side effect.
  • Eye Itching: Itching or discomfort in the eye may occur in some cases.
  • Eye Discomfort: Other mild discomforts such as feeling like there is something in the eye may occur temporarily.

These side effects are usually mild and transient, resolving on their own without the need for medical intervention. However, if any of these side effects persist or worsen, or if you experience more severe reactions, such as severe eye pain, changes in vision, or signs of an allergic reaction (e.g., rash, itching, swelling), seek medical attention promptly.

It’s essential to inform your doctor about any side effects you experience while using Bromfenac Ophthalmic, as they can provide guidance on managing them or adjusting your treatment if necessary. Additionally, if you have any concerns about the side effects or safety of this medication, don’t hesitate to discuss them with your healthcare provider.

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

When it comes to storing and disposing of Bromfenac Ophthalmic, here’s what you should know:


  • Store Bromfenac Ophthalmic at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and direct light.
  • Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
  • Do not freeze the medication.
  • Keep Bromfenac Ophthalmic out of reach of children and pets.
  • Avoid storing it in the bathroom, as moisture and humidity can degrade the medication.


  • Dispose of unused or expired Bromfenac Ophthalmic according to local regulations or guidelines.
  • Do not flush the medication down the toilet or pour it down the drain unless instructed to do so by your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
  • Some pharmacies or healthcare facilities may have specific disposal instructions or programs for medications. Check with them for guidance on safe disposal methods.

In case of emergency/overdose

  • If you suspect an overdose or accidental ingestion of Bromfenac Ophthalmic, seek medical attention or contact a poison control center immediately.
  • Overdose symptoms may include severe eye irritation, pain, blurred vision, or other serious side effects.
  • Do not attempt to treat an overdose without medical guidance.

What other information should I know?

  • Keep all appointments with your eye doctor for follow-up evaluations and monitoring of your condition.
  • Inform your doctor about all other medications you are taking, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements, as they may interact with Bromfenac Ophthalmic.
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding the duration of treatment and dosing schedule.
  • Do not share Bromfenac Ophthalmic with others, even if they have similar symptoms, as it may not be appropriate or safe for them.

If you have any questions or concerns about storing, disposing, or using Bromfenac Ophthalmic, consult your doctor or pharmacist for guidance.

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