Diclofenac Eye Drops
Overdose InformationAn overdose with diclofenac eye drops is not normally expected to cause problems, as little of the medication is absorbed from the eye to the rest of the body. Significant reactions are unlikely to occur, even if the medication was taken by mouth (which might occur with a young child or a pet), as an entire bottle contains only a small amount of diclofenac.
Nevertheless, it is important to seek immediate medical attention if you or someone else may have overdosed on diclofenac eye drops or any other medication.
(Click Diclofenac Overdose for more information.)
How Do Diclofenac Eye Drops Work?Diclofenac eye drops belong to a group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Like other NSAIDs, it works by blocking a specific enzyme known as cyclo-oxygenase (COX) and by blocking the production of various inflammatory substances in the body.
When and How to Take This MedicineSome general considerations for those taking diclofenac eye drops include the following:
- This medication come as an eye drop that is usually taken four times a day.
- In order to prevent contamination of the drops, do not touch the tip of the dropper to any surface, including the surface of the eye.
- You should not wear soft contact lenses (except "bandage" type lenses especially for use after surgery) while using diclofenac eye drops.
- For this medicine to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.