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What Is Flurbiprofen Ophthalmic Used For?

How Does It Work?

As mentioned previously, flurbiprofen ophthalmic 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 essential for the production of substances in the body known as prostaglandins.
Prostaglandins have a variety of functions in the body. Most notably, they are involved in activating an inflammatory response. They also play a role in the miosis that occurs during eye surgery by constricting the muscle of the iris and causing the pupil to become smaller. Because flurbiprofen ophthalmic blocks the production of prostaglandins, it helps prevent miosis from occurring during eye surgery.

Can Children Use It?

Flurbiprofen ophthalmic is not approved for use in children, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the particular risks and benefits of using this medicine in a child.

Is It Safe for Older Adults to Use Flurbiprofen Ophthalmic?

Older adults can use flurbiprofen ophthalmic. In clinical trials, there were no differences in side effects or effectiveness between younger and older adults.

What About Off-Label Uses?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than the use discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. For example, flurbiprofen ophthalmic may sometimes be prescribed off-label to reduce inflammation following eye surgery.

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