1 What is Omidria?

Brand: Omidria

Generic: Phenylephrine and Ketorolac

Omidria is used in combination with an eye irritation solution during cataract surgery or intraocular lens replacement.

This drug works to maintain pupil size by preventing intraoperative miosis and to reduce pain after eye surgery.

This drug is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of your ophthalmologist.

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2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Omidria, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications. Studies in children regarding the correlation of age to the effects of ketorolac and phenylephrine ophthalmic solution have not been performed while safety and efficacy have not been established.

Studies in the elderly have not demonstrated any geriatric-specific problems that would limit the utility of ketorolac and phenylephrine ophthalmic solution. Adverse effects have been reported in animal studies but studies in pregnant women or animals are still inadequate. 

Infant risk is still undetermined when using this drug during breastfeeding. Discuss with your healthcare professional about the potential risks and benefits of taking this drug while breastfeeding.

Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as:

  • Clorgyline
  • Iproniazid
  • Isocarboxazid
  • Nialamide
  • Phenelzine
  • Procarbazine
  • Tranylcypromine
  • Furazolidone
  • Midodrine
  • Pargyline
  • Guanethidine
  • or Propranolol

Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco. Inform your healthcare professional if you have any other medical problems such as allergy to NSAIDs, asthma, or bronchospasm.

3 Proper Usage

Proper usage of Omidria requires strict adherence to your doctor’s orders. Your ophthalmologist will be the only one to give you this drug in a hospital. This drug is injected into your eyes.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Omidria, there are some precautions you must take. Regular visits should be made to your ophthalmologist to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness of the drug. Your blood pressure may be increased by this drug.

Inform your healthcare professional immediately if you have blurred vision, dizziness, nervousness, headache, pounding in the ears, or slow or fast heartbeat. Consult with your healthcare professional if you experience an increased sensitivity to light while receiving this drug.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Omidria. Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.

Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as decreased vision or other changes in vision, loss of vision, or symptoms of overdose such as fainting fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse, fear or nervousness, headache, nausea, or vomiting.

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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