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Acular is the brand name for the ophthalmic solution that contains the generic drug ketorolac tromethamine. This drug is comes under the group of pyrrolo-pyrrole which is a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug. Each mL of Acular contains Ketorolac tromethamine 0.5%. Benzalkonium chloride 0.01% is used as a preservative in that ophthalmic solution. Drug is available in quantities of 3 mL, 5 mL and 10 mL in 5 mL and 10 mL bottles. Store the bottles away from light at between 15 deg C and 25 deg C.
Drug is used for the relief of itching in the eyes which caused due to seasonal allergies. It is also used in patients who have undergone cataract operation to treat inflammation that is caused due to operation. In the treatment of ocular itching it is recommended to use one drop of this solution for 4 times a day. One drop of this solution is used 4 times a day in the case of post-operative inflammation too. In post-operative cases the solution should be used after 24 hours of the cataract operation. It can be used for the first 15 days after the operation. Acular can be used safely with other ophthalmic medications such as beta blockers, cycloplegics, antibiotics, mydriatics, and carbonic anhydrase inhibitors.
Using Acular might result in the inflammation of the cornea. Apart from this medication might also lead to corneal thinning, corneal ulceration, corneal erosion and perforation in some patients. Such conditions might affect your sight. Such patients should discontinue using this ophthalmic solution. Patients who have bleeding tendencies should use this medication with caution. Burning and stinging sensation might be found in some patients. Do not use this solution when you are wearing your contact lenses. Breast feeding mothers should avoid using Acular as it might be passed to the baby. Children below the age of 3 should not use Acular.
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