Ketorolac (Into the eye)
Ketorolac Tromethamine (kee-toe-ROLE-ak troe-METH-a-meen)
Relieves eye itching caused by allergies. Also treats inflammation after cataract surgery. This medicine is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
Acular LS, Acular, Acuvail, Acular PF
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
Do not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to ketorolac.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- Ask your caregiver how and when to use this medicine if you will be having eye surgery.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
- Lie down or tilt your head back. With your index finger, pull down the lower lid of your eye to form a pocket.
- To use the eye drops: Hold the dropper close to your eye with the other hand. Drop the correct number of drops into the pocket made between your lower lid and eyeball. Gently close your eyes. Place your index finger over the inner corner of your eye for 1 minute. Do not rinse or wipe the dropper or allow it to touch anything, including your eye. Put the cap on the bottle right away. Keep the bottle upright when you are not using it.
- After you put the drops in your eyes, you must wait at least 5 minutes before you use any other eye medicine.
- After eye surgery: Use a separate bottle of medicine for each eye. You could spread an infection from one eye to the other if you use the same bottle for both eyes.
- Do not use this medicine while you are wearing contact lenses. Talk with your doctor if you have questions.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, apply it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to apply the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of the used medicine container and any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using a steroid eye medicine (such as dexamethasone, prednisolone, Ciprodex®) or a blood thinner (such as warfarin, Coumadin®, Jantoven®).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant. Do not use this medicine during the later part of a pregnancy, unless your doctor tells you to.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are breastfeeding or if you have a history of asthma or an allergic reaction to aspirin or other NSAID pain medicine. Also tell your doctor if you have bleeding problems, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis.
- Tell your doctor about any eye problems or surgery or you have had (such as corneal problems or dry eye syndrome).
- This medicine might slow down or delay healing.
- This medicine may increase the risk of keratitis or other problems with the surface of the eye (the cornea). Stop using this medicine and tell your eye doctor right away if your eye symptoms get worse or if you have blurred vision, light sensitivity, or eye redness, irritation, or pain.
- If you hurt your eye, develop an eye infection, or need to have eye surgery, talk with your doctor right away. You may need to change your medicine or stop using it.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Blurred vision, light sensitivity, pain, watery eyes
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Mild burning or stinging in the eyes
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013
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This page was last updated: June 18, 2013