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Ketorolac is a drug in the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) class that works by reducing the hormones causing pain and inflammation in the body. Acular is a brand name of ketorolac ophthalmic eye drops and may be prescribed to treat itchy eyes due to seasonal allergies, reduce swelling and discomfort associated with certain eye surgeries, or for other reasons not listed in this guide.
Take this medication in an exact manner that your doctor prescribes it to you. It is usually prescribed to be used two to four times per day, depending on the condition. To use the drops, tilt your head back, and make a pouch by pulling your lower eyelid down slightly. Place the dropper directly above this pouch, look up away from the dropper, and squeeze the drop into the pouch. Close your eyes and tip your head down for between two and three minutes, holding your fingers gently against the tear ducts for the first minute so that the drop cannot drain. Be sure to only use the exact amount that your doctor prescribes to you, waiting five minutes between drops if more than one is required. Before using any other prescribed eye medications, wait ten minutes after using Acular.
Store the medication away from light, heat, and moisture at room temperature. Keep the medication in the original packaging.
Long-term use of this medication can cause serious eye problems, so be sure to follow your doctor’s directions closely. Be sure to always wash your hands before and after using Acular, and do not use the medication while wearing contact lenses. Be careful to not touch the dropper to your eye, as it contaminates the dropper and may lead to infection. If the liquid has changed in appearance at all, call your pharmacist for a new bottle. If you are prescribed the medication in vial form, use the medication for one eye only per vial and throw away the remainder after use. If you think that you are experiencing an allergic reaction, seek emergency medical attention.
If you experience any serious reactions, you should call your doctor immediately. Examples of serious reactions may include some of the following:
Common Acular side effects may include some of the following:
The generic alternative name for Acular is ketorolac ophthalmic.
Ketorolac eye drops are usually prescribed for relief from seasonal eye allergy symptoms and to reduce some discomfort and swelling associated with certain eye surgeries.