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Ophthalmic ketorolac ( kee-toe-ROLE-ak) is an anti-inflammatory medicine. It is used in the eye to treat itching caused by seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (an allergy that occurs at only certain times of the year). Ophthalmic ketorolac is also used to treat inflammation of the eye following cataract surgery.
This medicine may also be used to prevent or treat other conditions, as determined by your ophthalmologist (eye doctor).
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of using the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For ophthalmic ketorolac, the following should be considered:
Allergies- Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to aspirin or other salicylates, ophthalmic ketorolac, systemic ketorolac (e.g., Toradol), diclofenac (e.g., Voltaren), or any of the other ophthalmic or systemic anti-inflammatory medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as preservatives.
Pregnancy- Ophthalmic ketorolac has not been studied in pregnant women. However, studies in some animals have shown that ophthalmic ketorolac causes birth defects. Before using this medicine, make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or if you may become pregnant.
Breast-feeding- Ophthalmic ketorolac has not been reported to cause problems in nursing babies.
Children- Studies on this medicine have been done only in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of ophthalmic ketorolac in children with use in other age groups.
Older adults- Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults. Although there is no specific information comparing use of ophthalmic ketorolac in the elderly with use in other age groups, this medicine is not expected to cause different side effects or problems in older people than it does in younger adults.
Other medicines- Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your health care professional if you are using any other ophthalmic prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Other medical problems- The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of ophthalmic ketorolac. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Proper Use of This Medicine
The dose of ophthalmic ketorolac will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label . The following information includes only the average dose of ophthalmic ketorolac. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
To store this medicine:
Precautions While Using This Medicine
If your symptoms do not improve within a few days, or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
While applying this medicine, your eyes will probably sting or burn for a short time. This is to be expected.
Side Effects of This Medicine
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT