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Acuvail is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat inflammation and pain associated with cataract surgery. Acuvail is available as eye drops.
How does this medication work?
Acuvail blocks a substance in your body that is involved in causing inflammation and pain.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Acuvail has been shown to decrease inflammation and pain after cataract surgery.
When: Acuvail may relieve your eye pain 1 day after surgery.
How do I know it is working?
You may feel an improvement in your eye pain and inflammation once you begin using Acuvail. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions from time to time to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: increased pressure in your eye, eye redness, blurry vision.
Less common side effects may include:
Increased risk of bleeding of the eye tissue with eye surgery.
Delayed healing after eye surgery.
Acuvail may also cause keratitis (inflammation of the cornea [the clear tissue over the pupil of your eye]).
Do not use Acuvail if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Acuvail. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have bleeding problems; asthma; a history of an allergic reaction with aspirin or any other NSAID (such as ibuprofen or naproxen); diabetes; rheumatoid arthritis (a type of arthritis that involves inflammation of the joints); eye problems (such as dry eyes) or had multiple eye surgeries; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: Apply 1 drop into the affected eye(s) twice a day, starting 1 day before cataract surgery and continuing on the day of surgery and throughout the first 2 weeks after surgery.
Use Acuvail exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Use each single-use Acuvail vial immediately after opening. Throw away any remaining medicine.
If you are using another eye medicine, apply it at least 5 minutes before or after applying Acuvail.
Do not allow the tip of the vial to touch your eye or any other surface, as this can contaminate Acuvail.
Do not use the same vial for both eyes.
Do not wear contact lenses while using Acuvail.
No significant interactions have been reported with Acuvail at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Do not use Acuvail if you are in the late stages of your pregnancy. The effects of Acuvail during early pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Acuvail should be used under special circumstances determined by your healthcare provider. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice.
Store at room temperature. Store the vials in the pouch and protect from light.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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