diclofenac ophthalmic (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before I use diclofenac ophthalmic (Voltaren Ophthalmic)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to diclofenac or other NSAIDs.
To make sure you can safely use diclofenac ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether diclofenac ophthalmic will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether diclofenac ophthalmic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using diclofenac ophthalmic.
How should I use diclofenac ophthalmic (Voltaren Ophthalmic)?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Diclofenac ophthalmic is usually given 24 hours before cataract surgery, and continued for 3 to 14 days after surgery. Using the medication for longer than prescribed may increase the risk of serious side effects on your eyes.
Wash your hands before using eye medication.
To apply the eye drops:
Do not allow the tip of the dropper to touch any surface, including your eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.
Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
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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