Ocufen Warnings and Precautions
If you are using Ocufen before eye surgery, it is important to know that this medication can cause problems, such as bleeding in the eye and a delay in wound healing. Other safety precautions with Ocufen involve warnings about using this drug while pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, you may not be able to use this eye medication if you have an eye infection or certain allergies.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Ocufen® (flurbiprofen ophthalmic) if you have:
- An eye infection
- A condition that causes you to bleed easily
- Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this medication include the following:
- Ocufen may slow down or delay wound healing. Using Ocufen in combination with steroid eye drops can further increase the risk for healing problems.
- There have been reports that this medication may cause increased bleeding in the eye from eye surgery. People who have a tendency to bleed easily may have a higher risk for serious bleeding problems when using Ocufen and should, therefore, be treated cautiously. Talk to your healthcare provider before using Ocufen if you have a condition that causes you to bleed easily.
- To prevent contamination with bacteria, do not let the tip of the dropper touch your eye or any other surface. Serious eye damage and possible loss of vision could occur if the medicine becomes contaminated with bacteria. If you are using the medicine in both eyes, you should use one bottle for each eye to help prevent cross-contamination (transferring bacteria from one eye to the other).
- Ocufen may react with several other medications (see Ocufen Drug Interactions).
- Ocufen is a pregnancy Category C medication, which means it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Ocufen and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is unknown if Ocufen passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider before using this medication (see Ocufen and Breastfeeding).