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difluprednate ophthalmic (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using difluprednate ophthalmic (Durezol)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to difluprednate, or if you have:

  • untreated glaucoma;
  • any type of eye infection, including herpes; or
  • an untreated infection in your eye or elsewhere, including chickenpox.

To make sure you can safely use difluprednate ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions:

  • glaucoma; or
  • cataracts.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether difluprednate 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 difluprednate ophthalmic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use difluprednate ophthalmic (Durezol)?

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.

Do not use this medication while wearing regular contact lenses. Difluprednate ophthalmic may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 10 minutes after using difluprednate ophthalmic before putting in your contact lenses.

Difluprednate ophthalmic is usually given 4 times per day for 2 weeks. After the first 2 weeks, your dose may be decreased to 2 times per day for 1 week or longer. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Your doctor may prescribe two separate bottles of difluprednate ophthalmic, one to use in each eye. This is to keep from passing infection from one eye to the other. Be sure to mark each bottle for the right or left eye, and use the eye drops from that bottle only in that eye.

Wash your hands before using the eye drops.

To apply the eye drops:

  • Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye.
  • Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.
  • Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
  • If you use more than one drop in the same eye, wait about 5 minutes before putting in the next drop.
  • Also wait at least 10 minutes before using any other eye drops that your doctor has prescribed.

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.

Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 days of treatment with difluprednate ophthalmic.

Do not stop using difluprednate ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your eyes may need to be checked on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.

Store the medicine bottle in the protective carton at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light. Do not freeze.

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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