What is Difluprednate used for?
Difluprednate ophthalmic emulsion (eye drops) is used to treat eye inflammation and pain caused by eye surgery. This eye drops is also prescribed for the treatment of endogenous anterior uveitis, a serious eye condition that involves inflammation in the front portion of the eye.
Difluprednate belongs to a group of drugs called corticosteroids. This topical anti-inflammatory corticosteroid works by blocking the production of substances that trigger inflammation in the body.
Difluprednate may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Difluprednate?
The dosage of Difluprednate prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Before using Difluprednate eye drops, remove contact lenses if you are wearing them. After applying the eye drops, wait at least 10 minutes before putting your lenses back.
To apply the eye drops, tilt your head back, pull down your lower eyelid and squeeze out a drop. Press your finger at the corner of your eye (near the nose) for nearly 1 minute to prevent the eye drops from draining out into the tear duct. Wait at least 5 to 10 minutes before applying any other eye drops.
What if you miss a dose of Difluprednate?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to apply Difluprednate medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.
What if you overdose on Difluprednate?
Any medication used in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Difluprednate, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Difluprednate?
There are no known interactions between Difluprednate eye drops and other medicines. However, it is important to inform your doctor about the use of any other medications including non-prescription medications (over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Difluprednate) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Difluprednate?
Like other medicines, Difluprednate can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Difluprednate are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Difluprednate cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Difluprednate develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Difluprednate can cause side effects such as temporary blurred vision, increased sensitivity of your eyes to sunlight, eye discomfort and mild itching/burning/stinging of your eyes. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Difluprednate.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before using Difluprednate?
Is it possible for me to use Difluprednate with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I use Difluprednate?
What are the possible drug interactions of Difluprednate?
How will Difluprednate work in my body?
How should Difluprednate be used?
How to reduce the risk of Difluprednate drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Difluprednate is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.
Before using Difluprednate, inform your doctor if you have glaucoma or cataract. As Difluprednate may cause blurred vision, be careful while driving.