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Flurbiprofen Ophthalmic

Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using 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:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Flurbiprofen Ophthalmic to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)

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.

When and How to Use This Medicine

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with flurbiprofen ophthalmic include the following:
  • Flurbiprofen ophthalmic comes in the form of an eye drop that is normally used every half an hour, starting two hours before surgery.
  • To prevent contamination with bacteria, do not touch the tip of the dropper to any surface, including your eye.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Using more drops than prescribed will not make the medication more effective, and may cause side effects.

Flurbiprofen Ophthalmic Solution Information

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