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Brand Names: Nevanac

Generic Name: nepafenac ophthalmic (Pronunciation: ne PA fan ak off THAL mik)

What is nepafenac ophthalmic (Nevanac)?

Nepafenac is in a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It reduces pain and inflammation in the eyes.

Nepafenac ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to reduce pain and swelling after cataract surgery.

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

What are the possible side effects of nepafenac ophthalmic (Nevanac)?

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 vision problems, crusting or drainage of your eyes, swollen eyelids, or severe eye pain.

Less serious side effects may be more likely to occur (some are effects of cataract surgery and not side effects of the medication):

  • dry or sticky feeling in the eye;
  • feeling like something is in your eye;
  • eye redness;
  • itching or watering of the eye;
  • increased sensitivity to light;
  • headache;
  • nausea, vomiting; or
  • stuffy 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 nepafenac ophthalmic (Nevanac)?

Before using nepafenac ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs or other eye drops

Also tell your doctor if you have diabetes, dry eye syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder, such as hemophilia, or arthritis.

Do not use this medication while you are wearing contact lenses. This medication may contain a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using nepafenac before putting your contact lenses in.

Do not allow the dropper tip to touch any surface, including the 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 nepafenac ophthalmic for longer than 14 days after your surgery 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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