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Precautions and Warnings With Flurbiprofen Ophthalmic

Before using flurbiprofen ophthalmic, there are many precautions to be aware of, including warnings about bleeding in the eye and a delay in wound healing. Also, this medication may not be the best choice for someone who has a condition that causes easy bleeding. Other safety concerns apply to people with certain allergies and women who are pregnant or nursing.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using flurbiprofen ophthalmic (Ocufen®) 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
  • Breastfeeding.
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Flurbiprofen Ophthalmic Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this medication include the following:
  • Flurbiprofen ophthalmic may slow down or delay wound healing. Using flurbiprofen ophthalmic 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 flurbiprofen ophthalmic and should, therefore, be treated cautiously. Talk to your healthcare provider before using flurbiprofen ophthalmic 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).
  • Flurbiprofen ophthalmic 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 flurbiprofen ophthalmic passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider before using this medication (see Ocufen and Breastfeeding).

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