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Available by prescription only, flurbiprofen ophthalmic is used to keep the pupil from becoming too small during certain eye surgeries. This medication comes in the form of an eye drop and is used every half an hour, starting two hours before the eye surgery. Although most people tolerate this medication well, side effects may still occur and can include eye irritation, stinging, and burning.

What Is Flurbiprofen Ophthalmic?

Flurbiprofen ophthalmic (Ocufen®) is a prescription medication used to prevent the pupil from constricting (becoming smaller) during eye surgery. It belongs to a group of medicines known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
(Click What Is Flurbiprofen Ophthalmic Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, flurbiprofen ophthalmic may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
The most common flurbiprofen ophthalmic side effects may include but are not limited to:
  • Eye burning
  • Stinging
  • Irritation.
(Click Flurbiprofen Ophthalmic Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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