bromfenac (ophthalmic)

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bromfenac (ophthalmic)

Pronunciation:BROM fen ak
Brand:Xibrom

What is the most important information I should know about bromfenac ophthalmic

Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use it in larger doses or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

If you miss a dose, use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Before using bromfenac tell your doctor if you are using a steroid such as prednisone, dexamethasone, or others. You may not be able to use bromfenac ophthalmic or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.

emtStop using this medication and get emergency medical help if you think you have used too much medicine, or if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or is especially bothersome.

What is bromfenac ophthalmic?

Bromfenac ophthalmic is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

Bromfenac ophthalmic is used to treat swelling and pain caused by cataract surgery.

Bromfenac ophthalmic may also be used for other purposes not listed here.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using bromfenac ophthalmic?

donotYou should not use this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to bromfenac.

Before using bromfenac ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • asthma;
  • diabetes;
  • rheumatoid arthritis;
  • dry eye syndrome;
  • a drug allergy;
  • a bleeding disorder; or
  • more than one eye surgery in a short period of time.

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use bromfenac ophthalmic.

nopregFDA pregnancy category C: This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use bromfenac without telling your doctor if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.
nobrfeedIt is not known if bromfenac 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 bromfenac ophthalmic?

Use bromfenac ophthalmic exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use it in larger doses or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Wash your hands before using the eye drops.

If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying bromfenac ophthalmic. Ask your doctor if contact lenses can be reinserted after putting in the eye drops. Bromfenac ophthalmic may contain a preservative (benzalkonium chloride) that can cause discoloration of contact lenses.

To apply the eye drops:

  • Tilt your head back slightly and pull down on the lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the dropper tip down. Look up and away from the dropper. Squeeze out a drop and close your eye. Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near the 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.

Bromfenac ophthalmic is usually used two times a day for 14 days. Follow your doctor's directions.

donotDo not touch the dropper to any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.
rtStore the drops at room temperature away from heat and moisture. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

emtSeek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine, or if anyone has accidentally swallowed it. An overdose of this medication is unlikely to be harmful.

What should I avoid while taking bromfenac ophthalmic?

dizzyBromfenac ophthalmic can cause side effects that may impair your vision. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be able to see clearly.
donotAvoid using other medications in your eyes during treatment with bromfenac ophthalmic unless your doctor has told you to.

What are the possible side effects of bromfenac ophthalmic?

emtStop using bromfenac ophthalmic and 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.
emtStop using bromfenac ophthalmic and call your doctor at once if you have any change in your vision.

Other less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as:

  • feeling like something is in your eye;
  • eye pain, itching, or redness; or
  • headache.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect bromfenac ophthalmic?

Before using bromfenac tell your doctor if you are using a steroid such as prednisone, dexamethasone, and others.

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with bromfenac ophthalmic Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about bromfenac ophthalmic.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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