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  • Generic Name: (nepafenac)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 09/2015
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Ilevro is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain and inflammation associated with cataract surgery. Ilevro is available as eye drops.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Ilevro works by blocking a natural substance in your body that is involved in causing pain and inflammation.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Ilevro has been shown to decrease eye pain and inflammation after cataract surgery.

      When: Ilevro may start working as early as 1 day after surgery.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may feel an improvement in your eye symptoms once you begin using Ilevro. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well you are recovering from cataract surgery.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      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: decrease in sharpness of your vision, feeling of something in your eye, increased pressure in your eye, sticky sensation.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Increased risk of bleeding of the eye tissue with eye surgery.

      Delayed healing after eye surgery.

      Ilevro may also cause keratitis (inflammation of the cornea [the clear tissue over the pupil of your eye]).

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use Ilevro if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to other NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen or naproxen).

      Do not use Ilevro during the late stages of your pregnancy.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Ilevro. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have bleeding problems; diabetes; rheumatoid arthritis (a type of arthritis that involves inflammation of the joints); other eye problems (such as dry eye syndrome); have had multiple eye surgeries; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      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 and children ≥10 years: Apply 1 drop into the affected eye(s) once a day, starting 1 day before cataract surgery, and continuing on the day of surgery and throughout the first 2 weeks after surgery. An additional drop should be applied 30 minutes to 2 hours before surgery as directed by your healthcare provider.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Use Ilevro exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Shake the bottle well before each use.

      If you are using another eye medicine, apply it at least 5 minutes before or after applying Ilevro.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not allow the tip of the bottle to touch your eye or any other surface, as this can contaminate Ilevro.

      Do not apply Ilevro into your eye(s) while wearing contact lenses.

      Do not use the same bottle for both eyes.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      No significant interactions have been reported with Ilevro at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      Do not use Ilevro if you are in the late stages of your pregnancy. The effects of Ilevro during early pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      Ilevro 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.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Protect from light.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      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

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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