Prolensa Uses

How Does It Work?

As mentioned previously, Prolensa belongs to a group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs work by blocking an enzyme known as cyclooxygenase (COX). The COX enzyme is responsible for the production of substances in the body known as prostaglandins.
 
Prostaglandins have a variety of functions in the body. One of the things they do is to activate an inflammatory response, including inflammation in the eye, and cause pain. By blocking the production of prostaglandins, Prolensa reduces inflammation and pain.
 
Prolensa is given as an eye drop, and works directly in the eye. Very little, if any, of the drug is absorbed from the eye into the body with normal use.
 

Is It Safe for Children to Use Prolensa?

Prolensa has not been adequately studied in children, and is not approved for use in individuals younger than 18 years old. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the particular risks and benefits of using this medicine in children. 
 

Can Older Adults Use It?

Older adults can use Prolensa. Individuals older than age 70 are expected to respond to and tolerate the medication no differently than those younger than 70. 
 

Can You Use Prolensa for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than reducing pain and inflammation following cataract surgery. This is referred to as an "off-label" use. Prolensa could be prescribed off-label to reduce inflammation following other eye surgeries. 
 

Prolensa Medication Information

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