What is Nevanac used for?
Nevanac eye drops (nepafenac ophthalmic solution) are used to treat the redness, eye pain and irritation commonly experienced after cataract surgery. It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that works by reducing the pain and inflammation in the eye that causes symptoms.
Nevanac may be used to treat different conditions. If it is unclear why your doctor has prescribed Nevanac and how it is meant to benefit you, call them to keep informed of your treatment plan. Do not share Nevanac with others even if their symptoms are similar to yours. If this is used without a prescription it can lead to adverse reactions.
Frequently Asked Questions About Nevanac
Before you start using Nevanac eye drops, and after every refill, carefully read and understand the drug information provided with the product. If you have any questions, or if the instructions are unclear, call your doctor for advice as proper use will provide the best results.
Before you use the drops, wash your hands with soap and water. Shake the bottle well and avoid letting the dropper touch anything outside the bottle to avoid contamination. Use Nevanac as many times daily as recommended by your doctor.
If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying the eye drops. Soft contact lenses can absorb the medicine. Do not rub your eye or blink the medicine out of the affected eye after taking your dose.
There is no need to rinse or clean the dropper. Simply return it to the bottle once you have finished your dose. If you need to take different eye medications to manage your symptoms, wait at least 5 minutes before taking your next dose. You should stop taking Nevanac after 14 days of treatment unless your doctor advises otherwise.
Inform your doctor if you have rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes or recent surgery and continued surgery as they can lead to corneal adverse reactions that can lead to blindness.
Nevanac has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. If you experience any signs and symptoms of serious side effects when taking Nevanac, talk to your doctor or seek emergency care.
Report side effects with Nevanac to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
- swelling and/or redness of the eye and lining of the eyelid
- troubled breathing
- seeing floating spots before the eyes, or a veil or curtain appearing across part of vision
- tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
- dry eyes
- itching of the eye
- increased sensitivity of the eyes to sunlight
- difficulty seeing at night
- change in vision
- slow or fast heartbeat
- stuffy or runny nose
- nausea or vomiting
- Change in color vision
- seeing flashes or sparks of light
- sticky sensation of the eyelids
- loss of vision
- decrease in vision
- crusting in the corner of the eye
- tightness of the chest or wheezing
- Blurred vision
- Eye pain
- Feeling of having something in the eye
- pounding in the ears
The following drugs are known to interact with Nevanac. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible drug interactions. It is important to disclose all your current medications, (including prescription medications and herbal products) with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to determine if the interaction is worth the benefit of using both drugs or if your therapeutic plan needs to be changed.
- Trolamine Salicylate
- Phenyl Salicylate
- Mefenamic Acid
- Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium
- Tolfenamic Acid
- Salicylic Acid
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. Any prescription drug use needs to be approved by your doctor. Do not avoid or ignore any advice provided by your physician in favor of what is written here. Always consult with a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medication and seek counselling if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.