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Molecule Description

Nepafenac is a nonsteroidal medicine used to reduce pain & inflammation in the



Uses of Nepafenac

  • This medicine reduces swelling of backside of eye after cataract surgery in diabetic patients
  • This medicine is used to reduce pain and swelling after cataract surgery

Contraindications of Nepafenac

When should one not use Nepafenac

Do not take Nepafenac if you are allergic to it or other non-steroidal medicine.

Side effects of Nepafenac

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Redness in eyes
  • Pain in eyes

Precautions and Warnings of Nepafenac



Can I take Nepafenac during pregnancy?
Use of this medicine during pregnancy should be avoided as it may cause adverse effects on the unborn baby. Consult your doctor before using this medicine.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Nepafenac while breastfeeding?
This medicine can pass into breast milk but in very less amount. Chances of any adverse effects in breastfed babies are negligible. Consult your doctor before using this medicine.


Can I drive if I have consumed Nepafenac?
This medicine may cause a blurred vision for a short time. Do not drive unless you feel well.


Can I consume alcohol with Nepafenac?
No significant data available for interaction of alcohol with this medicine.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You are using any other eye medicine
  • You have any other eye disease
  • You have rheumatoid arthritis
  • You have diabetes
  • You have increased risk of bleeding

Mode of Action of Nepafenac

How Does It Work?

It works by preventing the pain & inflammation (redness & swelling) in the eyes by blocking an enzyme called cyclo-oxygenase.

Interactions of Nepafenac

Interactions with other medicines

Warfarin, medicines use in glaucoma, any non-steroidal medicines.

Interactions with food items

No interactions with food for this ophthalmic medicine have been reported.

Dosage of Nepafenac


If you use too much Nepafenac for a long duration, it may result in epithelial breakdown, corneal thinning, corneal erosion, corneal ulceration or corneal perforation. These side effects may lead to b...
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Missed a Dose

Take the missed dose as early as you remember. Skip the missed dose & do not take extra medicine to compensate for the missed dose.

Content Details


Dr. Nikita Toshi

BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare expert before taking Nepafenac?

A: You should not use Nepafenac if you are allergic to it. Before using this medicine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other eye drops or if you have diabetes, dry eye syndrome, arthritis or an active bleeding or blood-clotting disorder such as haemophilia.

Q: By mistake, I put more drops of medicine in my one eye, what should I do?

A: Don't panic; wash your eye with water and do not add more drops until your next dose. Consult a doctor if you have any side effects.

Q: How long can I use one container of eye drops?

A: Eye drop containers should be used maximum for 28 days to prevent bacterial contamination of it. Write down the date of opening the container on the carton.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)
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