Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Bromfenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
Bromfenac ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat swelling and pain caused by cataract surgery.
Bromfenac ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use bromfenac ophthalmic if you are allergic to it.
To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
Using bromfenac ophthalmic during the last 3 months of pregnancy may harm the unborn baby.
It is not known whether bromfenac passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medication for more than the number of days your doctor has recommended. Using an NSAID eye drop too long can increase your risk of serious side effects that may damage your vision.
Do not use bromfenac ophthalmic while wearing contact lenses. Bromfenac may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 10 minutes after using this medicine before putting in your contact lenses.
The Prolensa brand of bromfenac ophthalmic is usually given as 1 drop in each affected eye once daily for 14 days.
The Bromsite brand of bromfenac ophthalmic is usually given as 1 drop in each affected eye twice daily for 14 days.
You will use the first dose 1 day before your surgery.
Wash your hands before using the eye drops.
To apply the eye drops:
Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.
Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medicine.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Call your doctor for instructions if you miss your first dose, which should be given 1 day before surgery.
An overdose of bromfenac ophthalmic is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
This medication may cause blurred vision and may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.
Do not use other eye medications unless your doctor tells you to.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on bromfenac used in the eyes. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Your pharmacist can provide more information about bromfenac ophthalmic.