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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 a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). 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; difficult 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.

Other common 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.

What is the most important information I should know about nepafenac ophthalmic (Nevanac)?

You should not use nepafenac ophthalmic if you are allergic to it.

Before using nepafenac ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other eye drops, or if you have diabetes, dry eye syndrome, arthritis, or a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder such as hemophilia.

Do not use nepafenac ophthalmic for longer than 14 days after your surgery unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not use this medication while wearing contact lenses. Nepafenac ophthalmic may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using this medicine before putting in your contact lenses.

Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.

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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