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Acular Alternatives

(Ketorolac Eye Drops)

  • Eye drops
  • Eye pain
  • Cataract surgery
  • Allergic conjunctivitis
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Acular
(Ketorolac Eye Drops)

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(Diclofenac Sodium)

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(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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Side effects
AcularVoltarenNevanacProlensa

The Acular FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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  • Application site contact dermatitis 29%
  • Application site rash 29%
  • Dry skin (application site) 27%
  • Application site dry skin 15%
  • Application site rash 15%
  • Application site reaction 14%
  • Any side effect 14%
  • Application site exfoliation 11%
  • Application site pruritus 7%
  • Contact dermatitis (application site) 7%
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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
Pain reliever
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
Prescription only
Pain reliever
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
Prescription only
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Available as
AcularVoltarenNevanacProlensa
  • Eye drops
  • Extended release
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Eye drops
  • Eye drops
  • Eye drops
Used for (click to learn more)
AcularVoltarenNevanacProlensa
  • Extraction of cataract - Inflammatory disorder of the eye - Pain
  • Cataract surgery
Risk factors for serious side effects
AcularVoltarenNevanacProlensa
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Pregnancy category
AcularVoltarenNevanacProlensa
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

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DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

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CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

See the FDA package insert
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

See the FDA package insert
Alcohol
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Food
No specific food-related info.
  • If taking Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) by mouth, take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
Kidneys and liver
No specific 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.
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Sex
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Sleep
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Weight
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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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