Tell your doctor before using these drops if you are allergic to aspirin or to medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Use one drop three times daily, unless you have been told otherwise.

Your eyes may become more sensitive to sunlight than usual. If this happens, wearing sunglasses may help.

About nepafenac eye drops

Type of medicine A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory eye drop
Used for Before and after eye surgery, to control inflammation
Also called Nevanac®
Available as Eye drops

Nepafenac eye drops relieve eye pain and swelling which can be caused by cataract surgery. They are also used to reduce the risk of this occurring in people who are at particular risk of it. Nepafenac belongs to a group of medicines known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Before using nepafenac eye drops

Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start using nepafenac drops it is important that your doctor knows:

  • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine. It is particularly important that you tell your doctor if you know you are allergic to an NSAID such as naproxen, ibuprofen or diclofenac, or if you have ever had a bad reaction to aspirin.
  • If you have a tendency to bleed easily.
  • If you know you have an eye infection.
  • If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • If you have diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis.
  • If you are taking any other medicines or using any other eye drops. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.

How to use nepafenac eye drops

Before you start this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside your pack. The leaflet will give you more information about the eye drops and a full list of side-effects which you may experience from using them.

How to use these eye drops

  1. First wash your hands.
  2. Remove the cap.
  3. Tilt your head back a little and pull the lower lid of your eye downwards to form a pocket.
  4. Hold the bottle upside down near to your eye. Try not to touch your eye as you do this.
  5. Gently press the base of the bottle to release one drop into your eye.
  6. Close your eye for a minute or two, and press gently on the side of your nose where the corner of your eye meets your nose. This helps to stop the drop from draining away and keeps it in your eye.
  7. Repeat the process in your other eye if you have been told to use the drops in both eyes.
  8. Replace the cap.

Getting the most from your treatment

  • Use the drops exactly as your doctor tells you to. The usual dose is one drop three times daily. You will probably be asked to start using the drops the day before you are due to have surgery, and to continue to use them for up to three weeks afterwards.
  • Take care not to touch your eye, fingers, or any other surface with the dropper of the bottle. This could contaminate the drops left in the bottle.
  • If your doctor has recommended you use another eye preparation as well as these drops, then leave at least five minutes between putting in nepafenac drops and the other preparation.
  • Try to keep the appointments which have been booked for you with the eye clinic. This is so your doctor can check on your progress.
  • Nepafenac may cause your eyes to become more sensitive to sunlight than usual. Avoid strong sunlight and do not use sunbeds while you are using these drops.
  • If you normally wear contact lenses, your doctor will recommend you use glasses for a time following cataract surgery. This is to allow your eyes to recover from the procedure. There is also another reason why you should not wear contact lenses while you are using nepafenac eye drops. This is because they contain a preservative which can affect soft contact lenses.

Can nepafenac eye drops cause problems?

Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.

Possible nepafenac side-effects - these affect less than 1 in 100 people who use these drops
What can I do if I experience this?
Eye discomfort or discharge, dry eyes, redness If this becomes troublesome, mention it to your doctor
Sensitivity to light Wearing sunglasses should help
Blurred vision Do not drive or use tools or machines unless you can see clearly
Headache Ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller

If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to these eye drops, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.

How to store nepafenac eye drops

  • Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
  • Eye drops only keep for four weeks once the bottle has been opened, so do not use nepafenac if the bottle has been open for longer than this. This will help prevent the risk of eye infections.