Flurbiprofen (Ocufen eye drops)

How does it work?

Flurbiprofen belongs to a class of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These medicines are used to control pain and inflammation. Flurbiprofen works by blocking the production of a chemicals in the body (prostaglandins). These chemicals are produced by the body in response to injury or disease and normally cause swelling, pain and inflammation. By blocking prostaglandins, flurbiprofen decreases swelling, pain and inflammation.Flurbiprofen eye drops are commonly used to treat pain and swelling that may follow eye surgery, particularly when a steroid eye drop cannot be used. These eye drops may also be used to prevent pupil constriction during cataract surgery. It is not fully understood how flurbiprofen does this.Polyvinyl alcohol is used to lubricate the surface of the eye and thereby help decrease any irritation caused by flurbiprofen.

What is it used for?

  • Pain and inflammation of the eye
  • Pre-surgical medicine


  • This product may cause temporary blurring of vision. Do not drive or operate machinery until this has worn off.
  • This medication may delay the time taken for surgical eye wounds to heal
  • This medication may increase bleeding from surgical eye wounds

Use with caution in

  • History of viral infections of the eye (herpes simplex)
  • Peptic ulcers

Not to be used in

  • Allergy to aspirin or other medicines in this class (NSAIDs)
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Herpes simplex virus infection of the eye
  • Known sensitivity or allergy to any ingredient

This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.

  • The safety of this medicine in pregnancy has not been established. It should therefore be used with caution during pregnancy, and only if the benefits to the mother outweigh any risks to the foetus. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
  • There is no information available regarding the safety of this medicine during breastfeeding. Seek medical advice from your doctor.

Side effects

Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.

  • Burning sensation in the eye
  • Stinging sensation in the eye
  • Irritation of the eye

The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer.For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.

How can this medicine affect other medicines?

No reported significant interactions.