August 20, 2014
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Acular

(ketorolac eye drops)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

01968300 ACULAR 0.5% OPHTHALMIC SOLUTION

How does Acular work? What will it do for me?

Ketorolac belongs to the group of medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). There are 2 strengths of ketorolac eye drops. The 0.5% strength is used for the prevention and relief of eye inflammation due to cataract surgery. The 0.4% strength is used for the relief of eye pain, burning, stinging, tearing, sensitivity to light, and the feeling of something being in the eye after corrective laser eye surgery.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Acular?

Following cataract surgery: The recommended adult dose is 1 or 2 drops in the affected eye(s) every 6 to 8 hours beginning 24 hours before surgery and continuing for 3 to 4 weeks.

Following corrective laser eye surgery: The recommended adult dose is 1 drop in the affected eye(s) 4 times a day for up to 4 days.

Contact lenses must be removed before using the eye drops and can be put back in 15 minutes afterwards. If you use other eye drops as well, wait at least 5 minutes between using this medication and the other drops.

Follow your pharmacist's or doctor's instructions on proper use of the eye drops. To help prevent infections, do not touch the applicator tip to your eye or to any other surface. Wash your hands before using the medication.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, administer it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light, and keep it out of the reach of children. Discard the drops 28 days after opening.

This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Acular come in?

Each bottle of sterile ophthalmic solution contains ketorolac tromethamine 0.5%. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzalkonium chloride NF, edetate disodium, USP, octoxynol 40, purified water, sodium chloride USP, and sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid to adjust the pH to 7.4.

Who should NOT take Acular?

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to ketorolac or any ingredients of the medication.

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