Flurbiprofen Ophthalmic Solution
Flurbiprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to reduce inflammation and pain from a variety of conditions of the eye, including uveitis. It may also be used in conjunction with other medications, including antibiotics, to treat various ocular disorders in animals. It may also be used for short periods after eye surgery to reduce inflammation and pain after a procedure.
Dogs and Cats
Flurbiprofen is used to prevent eye inflammation. May also be used to inhibit the constriction of the eye pupil during eye surgery.
This medication does not have an FDA approved indication for use in animals, but it is a common and acceptable practice for veterinarians to prescribe this human medication for use in animals. Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication or supplements you are giving to your pet. Quite often your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, even if a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely. Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
Allergic reactions to medications may occur. Be sure to inform VetSource and your veterinarian if your pet has any known drug sensitivities or allergies. If your pet displays symptoms of an allergic reaction, call your veterinarian immediately or go to a veterinary emergency clinic. Symptoms may include but are not limited to: swollen lips, tongue, face, airways; difficulty breathing; agitation; profuse salivation; vomiting; widespread hives and itching.
Side effects are expected to be mild and may include: tearing, redness, blurring of vision, and mild stinging, which may result in your pet rubbing their eyes. NSAID medications may increase bleeding times by reducing platelet activity; this may be more evident during eye surgery, if this medication is used pre-operatively. This medication may delay healing of the eye or may worsen corneal ulcers. Use only as prescribed by your veterinarian to minimize risks of secondary infections, delayed healing, and other corneal complications. With prolonged use, this mediation may increase the pressure in the eye (glaucoma). Follow all instructions provided by your veterinarian. Do not use the product longer than your veterinarian has instructed. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Flurbiprofen should be instilled as directed by your veterinarian. Be careful not to touch your pet's eye with the tip of the medication; ensure tip of medication remains sterile. Wash your hands before and after handling the medication.