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Bromsite (Generic Bromfenac Ophthalmic)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

After cataract surgery, swelling, redness, and pain in the eyes can all be treated with bromfenac ophthalmic. The nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) class of pharmaceuticals includes bromfenac ophthalmic (NSAIDs). It functions by preventing the release of specific organic compounds that induce pain and edoema.

How should this medicine be used?

Ophthalmic bromfenac is available as a solution (liquid) that is injected into the eyes. After cataract surgery, it is often injected into the afflicted eye(s) once or twice a day for 14 days. Depending on the brand of bromfenac ophthalmic your doctor has prescribed, they may also advise you to take it the day before and the day of the procedure. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Bromfenac ophthalmic should only be used as prescribed. Use it only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often.

Follow these instructions or the ones the product’s manufacturer has included 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.
  • Replace and secure the dropper bottle’s cap. Never rinse or clean the dropper tip.
  • To get rid of any medication, wash your hands.

Eye drop solutions should only be used in one eye per bottle. You should have a different bottle for each eye if you need to treat both of them.

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 bromfenac eye drops,

  • If you have any allergies to any of the ingredients in bromfenac eye drops, including aspirin, sulfite, or any other prescription, inform your doctor and pharmacist right away. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any additional prescription and non-prescription drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are now taking or intend to use. Make sure you bring up any of the following: ‘Blood thinners’ (anticoagulants) such warfarin (Coumadin); aspirin or other NSAIDs like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Midol) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn); Dexamethasone (Maxidex, in Dexasporin, Maxitrol, Tobradex), difluprednate (Durezol), fluorometholone (Flarex, FML), loteprednol (Alrex, Lotemax, Zylet), and prednisolone (Omnipred, Pred Forte, Pred Mild, in Blephamide, Pred-G); (NSAIDs), .
  • Use the eyedrop medications at least five minutes apart if you are also using another eyedrop treatment.
    Inform your doctor if you have or have ever had diabetes, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, dry eye disease, any eye illness other than cataracts, any condition that makes you bleed easily, or if you recently had an eye surgery on the same eye that is being operated on.
  • If you wear contact lenses, let your doctor know. Before applying bromfenac eye drops, take off your contact lenses, and wait at least ten minutes before putting them back in.
  • Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant.
  • You should be aware that using bromfenac eye drops after surgery could delay the recovery of the eye. If your discomfort and swelling don’t go down, call your doctor immediately away.

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 the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not provide a second dose.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Side effects are possible with bromfenac eye drops. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • The eyes hurting or burning
  • Itching or inflamed eyes
  • Headache
  • The sensation that something is in the eyes

Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away and stop using bromfenac eye drops if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Eyes, lips, tongue, or skin that is swollen or reddened
  • Hives, a rash, or other changes to the skin
  • Breathing or swallowing challenges
  • Haemorrhaging inside the eye
  • Your eyes’ sensitivity to light
  • Eye discomfort
  • Vision hazy, clouded, or obscured in certain places

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).

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

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.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call 1-800-222-1222 to reach your local poison control centre if someone has ingested bromfenac 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.

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.

Brand names

  • Bromday®
  • Bromsite®
  • Prolensa®
  • Xibrom®
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