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Why do I need to use nepafenac before and after cataract surgery?

If you are planning to have cataract surgery your eye doctor will likely prescribe nepafenac (Nevanac) or a similar type of drug to prevent eye pain, redness and inflammation (swelling) associated with cataract surgery.

Typically, the drops are started one day before and continue a few weeks after cataract surgery. One day before surgery you will apply one drop in the eye having the surgery, three times a day. Then you will continue applying the drops for two weeks or more after your surgery. Your doctor will assess your healing and decide how long you will need to apply the drops.

Since it is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) you should let your doctor and pharmacist know if you are allergic to any other NSAID, such as aspirin, diclofenac (Voltaren), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn) or tolmetin (Tolectin), before taking nepafenac.

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