Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Ophthalmic

Acular Alternatives

(Ketorolac Eye Drops)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Ophthalmic
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Acular
(Ketorolac Eye Drops)

Voltaren
(Diclofenac Sodium)

Ilevro
(Nepafenac)

Bromday
(Bromfenac)

Relieves eye pain and irritation. Acular (Ketorolac Eye Drops) are a good choice, especially if you're recovering from eye surgery.Relieves pain and inflammation. Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) works well for pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.Coming soon.Coming soon.
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Have you used Acular (Ketorolac Eye Drops)?
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Reviews for Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium)
81%
+31% better vs. Acular (Ketorolac Eye Drops)
76%
+26% better vs. Acular (Ketorolac Eye Drops)
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+45% better vs. Acular (Ketorolac Eye Drops)
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Side effects
AcularVoltarenNevanacProlensa
  • Conjunctival hyperemia 5%
  • Corneal infiltrates 5%
  • Headache 5%
  • Ocular edema 5%
  • Ocular pain 5%
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  • Any side effect 12%
  • Application site dermatitis 11%
  • Any application site reaction 5%
  • Application site reaction 14%
  • Application site pruritus 7%
  • Application site rash 29%
  • Application site rash 15%
  • Application site contact dermatitis 29%
  • Application site pain 30%
  • Application site dry skin 15%
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We haven’t found good data for Nevanac side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Prolensa side effects.

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How it works
AcularVoltarenNevanacProlensa
Acular (Ketorolac Eye Drops) are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory eye drops. They stop your body from making chemicals that cause inflammation and pain in your eye.Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.Coming soon.Coming soon.
Type of medication
AcularVoltarenNevanacProlensa
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
AcularVoltarenNevanacProlensa
  • Eye drops
  • Extended release
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Eye drops
  • Eye drops
  • Eye drops
Used for
AcularVoltarenNevanacProlensa
  • Extraction Of Cataract Inflammatory Disorder Of The Eye Pain
  • Cataract Surgery
Risk factors for serious side effects
AcularVoltarenNevanacProlensa
Coming soon.
  • History of heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking
  • History of stomach bleeding or ulcers
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Hemophilia
  • von Willebrand's disease
  • Low blood platelet count
  • Also taking an anticoagulant medication
  • Asthma
  • Rhinitis
  • Nasal polyps
  • Aspirin allergy
  • NSAID allergy
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart failure
  • Liver disease
  • Taking diuretics
  • Taking ACE inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs)
  • Age 65 or older
  • History of high blood pressure
  • Taking water pills (diuretics)
  • Late pregnancy (more than 30 weeks)
Detailed Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) risks & warnings »
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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Kidneys and liver
AcularVoltarenNevanacProlensa
No kidneys and liver related info.
  • Can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. These problems are more likely the longer you take it.
  • Can affect your kidneys' ability to work as well.
  • Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium), and similar medications in the NSAID family, can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time necessary can lower your risk of kidney problems. It's important to get lab tests to check your kidney function periodically if you use Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) for long periods of time.
No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.
Pain
AcularVoltarenNevanacProlensa
No pain related info.
  • Works well to relieve pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Good for muscle aches and pains.
  • May treat arthritis pain better than other similar medicines (NSAIDs).
No pain related info.No pain related info.
Upsides and benefits
AcularVoltarenNevanacProlensa
  • Acular (Ketorolac Eye Drops) don't affect the pressure inside of your eye.
  • Side effects shouldn't last more than a few minutes.
  • The medication isn't absorbed into the rest of your body, so its effects are limited to the eye.
  • Works well to relieve pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Good for muscle aches and pains.
  • May treat arthritis pain better than other similar medicines (NSAIDs).
  • Can cause less upset stomach than other NSAIDs like ibuprofen (Advil).
  • It's also available as a gel that you put on your skin. If it's hard for you to swallow pills, this could be a good option.
  • If you're only using the gel, you won't have the same side effects that you would while taking Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) by mouth.
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Downsides and risks
AcularVoltarenNevanacProlensa
  • If there's a scratch or cut on your eye, Acular (Ketorolac Eye Drops) will slow down the healing process.
  • Can't be used in children 3 years or younger.
  • The most frequent side effects are stinging and burning.
  • Can cause serious stomach problems like inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding. The chances that a stomach problem will occur is worse the longer you take this medication, but it can happen at any time while taking it.
  • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
  • Can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. These problems are more likely the longer you take it.
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Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
AcularVoltarenNevanacProlensa
  • Don't use Acular (Ketorolac Eye Drops) while wearing contact lenses.
  • Acular (Ketorolac Eye Drops) can harm babies, so don't use them during late pregnancy.
  • Following eye surgery, the recommended dose is one drop four times a day for up to 4 days.
  • Can be used with other eye medications.
  • Wash your hands before and after using this medication.
  • If taking Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) by mouth, take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
  • Can cause stomach ulcers, especially if taking it by mouth often.
  • Can make you bruise or bleed more easily. You shouldn't take any other 'blood thinner' medications unless your doctor tells you it's safe.
  • Don't use it the first two weeks after a heart surgery.
  • Can affect your kidneys' ability to work as well.
  • If using the skin (topical) gel, use the dosing card it comes with to make sure you measure the correct dose. You also won't have many of the same side effects that you would if taking Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) by mouth.
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