1 What is Nevanac?

Brand: Nevanac, Ilevro

Generic: Nepafenac

Nevanac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for relieving pain and inflammation in the eyes. It is commonly used to relieve pain and swelling after cataract surgery.

Nevanac is packaged in a liquid suspension that is applied as eye drops. Nevanac is available with doctor’s prescription.

Nevanac eye drops are available as 0.1% suspension and 0.3% suspension for ophthalmic use only.

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2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Nevanac, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Nevanac may cause allergic reactions. If you have previous allergies to Nevanac, do not use it and call your doctor immediately.

Before using Nepafenac eye drops, you need to tell your doctor if you have allergies with other eye drops, and if you have conditions like diabetes, dry eye syndrome, arthritis, and bleeding tendencies or disorders like hemophilia.

Nepafenac eye drops can only be used for up to 14 days after the end of surgery unless your doctor instructs otherwise.

Do not use Nepafenac eye drops while wearing contact lenses. Nepafenac contains preservatives that may change the color of soft contact lenses. If you use contact lenses, wait at least 15 minutes before you wear them.

When using Nepafenac eye drops, exercise care not to touch the tip of the eye dropper or place it directly on the eye. This may contaminate the medication, which can cause infection and affect your vision.

Nepafenac is an FDA pregnancy category C drug, which means there is no information regarding its safety in unborn babies. If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, tell it to your doctor before taking Nepafenac.

3 Proper Usage

To use Nevanac properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. Always use Nevanac eye drops according to doctor’s instructions. Follow instructions on the label of the medication, and do not use more or less than the prescribed amount.

If you use contact lenses, remove them before applying Nepafenac eye drops. Wait for at least 15 minutes after applying Nepafenac before you wear contact lenses. Nepafenac eye drops should be used only for 14 days unless the doctor tells you to.

Here are the instructions for applying Nevanac eye drops:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
  • Inspect the bottle closely for a change of color and presence of particles. If they do, discard the medication and call your pharmacist for a new one.
  • Shake the Nepafenac eye drop bottle several times
  • Tilt your head back and gently pull your lower eyelid. Hold the dropper above the eye and tilt the dropped down towards your eye
  • Look up and away from the dropper, and then gently squeeze the dropper to drop the medicine
  • After the drop landed on your eye, close the eyes. With the other finger, gently press the inside corner of the eyelid for a minute so the medication will not drain into your tear duct
  • Only apply the number of drops prescribed by the doctor. If the prescription tells you to apply more than one drop, wait for 5 minutes between drops
  • Wait at least 10 minutes if you have to use other eye drops

To prevent contamination of the medication, never touch the tip of the dropper nor allow it to touch the surface of the eye. Contaminated medication can be a source of eye infections that can cause serious vision problems.

Do not use Nepafenac eye drops if you notice a change in color of the liquid or if it has particles. In such cases, call your pharmacist for a new medication.

If you use more than one eye drop medication, continue using them including ones used to treat glaucoma. Only use eye drops prescribed by the doctor.

Always store Nepafenac at room temperature away from moisture and heat, and do not place in the freezer. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not used.

If you missed a dose, take it as soon as you remembered. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medication to make up for the missed dose.

4 Precautions to Take

In using Nevanac, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor. Before taking Nevanac eye drops, make sure you do not have previous allergies to Nevanac. Make sure to tell your doctor about your allergies to drugs, eye drops, food, dyes and animal products.

To make sure that Nepafenac eye drops is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have other medical conditions, like diabetes, arthritis, dry eye syndrome or bleeding disorders. Nepafenac can discolor contact lenses. Remove contact lenses first before applying Nepafenac eye drops.

If you use other medications, tell them all to your doctor before using Nepafenac eye drops, especially steroid eye drops.

Although it is not likely for eye drop medications to interact with injected or orally administered medications, drug interactions are still a possibility. Also, include prescription and non-prescription medications, multivitamins, supplements and herbal products.

Store Nepafenac eye drops properly, at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and light. Inspect the bottle often before use.

5 Potential Side Effects

Make sure you meet with your doctor in using Nevanac to avoid unwanted potential side effects.

Seek medical help and go to the nearest hospital if you have these symptoms shortly after taking Nevanac:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hives
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, tongue, lips or throat
  • Severe eye pain

These are symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, which can be life-threatening if left untreated.

Nevanac may cause the following side effects:

  • Feeling of dryness and sticking in the eye
  • Sensation of a foreign body in the eye
  • Redness of the eye
  • Watery or itchiness of the eye
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Stuffy nose
  • Nausea, vomiting, or both
  • Headache

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