Nevanac Eye Drops
Nevanac Eye Drops
Nevanac (Nepafenac Ophthalmic Suspension) 0.1% is a sterile, aqueous, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) ophthalmic suspension. Each mL of Nevanac contains 1mg of Nepafenac.
Ingredients of Nevanac Eye Drops
Inactive: benzalkonium chloride 0.005% as preservative, mannitol, sodium chloride, carbomer 974P, tyloxapol, edetate disodium, purified water, and sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid to adjust pH.
Indication of Nevanac Eye Drops
Nevanac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug indicated for the treatment of pain and inflammation post cataract surgery. It may also be prescribed to patients who underwent refractive surgery.
Studies had shown that the use of Nevanac before and after cataract surgery significantly reduces the risk of developing macular edema (build-up of fluid in the central part of retina—macula) in patients with diabetes or with a pre-existing retinal disorder.
Topical NSAIDs have been used in the treatment and/or prevention of diabetic macular edema. Nepafenac is the only NSAID with a prodrug structure; which means that after administration, the drug is metabolized or converted by the body into its active form. Nepafenac is converted by ocular tissues into its more active metabolite amfenac.
Based on a couple of studies, nepafenac has the capability to penetrate the posterior segment of the eye, which makes Nevanac a better choice for the prevention and treatment of macular edema over other NSAIDs.
Contraindication Of Nevanac Eye Drops
Nevanac is contraindicated if there is any hypersensitivity to nepafenac. It is not known whether Nevanac can harm an unborn baby or if it can pass into the breast milk, however, inform your physician if you’re pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding a baby before using the medication.
Possible Side Effects of Nevanac Eye Drops
Allergic reactions: itching and swelling of lips, tongue, throat or face; difficulty breathing; rashes; dizziness (immediately seek medical advice if you experience any allergic reaction)
Stinging or burning sensation
Dry or sticky feeling in the eye
Increased sensitivity to light
Changes in vision (inform your doctor immediately)
Inform your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking before starting the use of Nevanac. Also mention all the supplements and herbal products that you’re taking.
Inform your doctor if you have any allergy to NSAIDs and other medications.
Inform your doctor if you have dry eye syndrome, diabetes, arthritis or any bleeding disorder.
Ensure that the tip of the eye dropper does not touch the eye or any other surface as this can cause contamination of the tip. The use of contaminated solution may cause eye damage.
If using any other eye drops or ointments, give at least 5 minutes interval between the medications.
Do not use the medication while wearing contact lenses. Remove your lenses first, use the medicine then wait for at least 15 minutes before putting your lenses back. Nevanac eye drops may discolor soft contact lenses.
Use only as prescribed. Do not use for more than 14 days unless otherwise indicated.
If a dose is missed, apply the drops as soon as you remember unless it’s almost time for the next scheduled dose.