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Brand Names: Ocufen

Generic Name: flurbiprofen ophthalmic (Pronunciation: FLUR bi PROE fen)

What is flurbiprofen ophthalmic (Ocufen)?

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

Flurbiprofen ophthalmic (for the eye) is used to prevent your pupil from constricting, or narrowing, during eye surgery.

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

What are the possible side effects of flurbiprofen ophthalmic (Ocufen)?

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:

  • eye pain or redness;
  • vision changes; or
  • severe burning, stinging, or itching of your eyes.

Less serious side effects may include mild burning, stinging, or itching of your eyes.

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 flurbiprofen ophthalmic (Ocufen)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to flurbiprofen.

Before you receive flurbiprofen ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medications, or if you have a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder or take a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin).

Do not wear any contact lens that has not been approved by your doctor.

Do not use other eye medications during treatment with flurbiprofen ophthalmic unless your doctor tells you to.

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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