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Brand Names: Voltaren Ophthalmic

Generic Name: diclofenac ophthalmic (Pronunciation: dye KLOE fen ak off THAL mik)

What is diclofenac ophthalmic (Voltaren Ophthalmic)?

Diclofenac is in a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Diclofenac works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.

Diclofenac ophthalmic (for the eye) is used to reduce swelling, pain, and light sensitivity after cataract surgery or corneal refractive surgery.

Diclofenac ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of diclofenac ophthalmic (Voltaren Ophthalmic)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe burning, stinging, or itching of your eyes;
  • eye pain, redness, or excessive watering;
  • vision changes, increased sensitivity to light;
  • white patches on your eyes;
  • crusting or drainage of your eyes; or
  • dizziness, stomach pain, vomiting, weakness, fever, chills, or flu symptoms (can occur if the medicine is absorbed into your bloodstream).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning, stinging, or itching of your eyes;
  • swollen or puffy eyelids;
  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;
  • weakness, fever or chills;
  • headache;
  • sleep problems (insomnia); or
  • runny nose.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about diclofenac ophthalmic (Voltaren Ophthalmic)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to diclofenac (Arthrotec, Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren, Flector Patch, Pennsaid, Solareze) or other NSAIDs.

Before using diclofenac ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medications, or if you have a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder, diabetes, arthritis, glaucoma, dry eye syndrome, or if you have had other recent eye surgeries.

Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven).

Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Using the medication for longer than prescribed may increase the risk of serious side effects on your eyes.

For at least 3 days after your surgery, do not wear any contact lens that has not been approved by your doctor. Do not use any other eye medications unless your doctor has prescribed them.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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