ketorolac tromethamine (Acular, Acular LS, Acuvail) (cont.)
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
Allergic conjunctivitis: Adults and children 2 years and older: Instill 1 drop into affected eye(s) 4 times a day
Post-operative inflammation: Adults and children 2 years and older: Instill 1 drop into operative eye(s) 2 times a day starting 1 day before surgery and continue for 4 weeks when using Acuvail. For Acular, instill 1 drop into operative eye(s) 4 times a day starting 24 hours after procedure and continuing for 2 weeks.
Safe and effective use of Ketorolac is not established for children under 2 years of age.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Ketorolac should not be used with other NSAID eye drops due to risks of increased bleeding and delayed healing.
Ketorolac should be used with caution with steroid-containing eye drops due to increased likelihood of infections.
Ketorolac should be used with caution in patients who bleed easily or patients receiving blood thinners.
PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies done on Ketorolac to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.
NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether Ketorolac enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.
SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of Ketorolac are burning and stinging of eyes, corneal edema, inflammation and irritation, eye infection, dryness, visual disturbances, and headache.
REFERENCE: Ketorolac FDA Prescribing Information.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/30/2014
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