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Generic Name: nepafenac ophthalmic (ne PA fan ak off THAL mik)
Brand Names: Nevanac
Nevanac (nepafenac ophthalmic) is used to reduce pain and swelling after cataract surgery. Includes Nevanac side effects, interactions and indications.
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Drug Information:
Nevanac (nepafenac ophthalmic suspension) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It reduces pain and inflammation in the eyes. Nevanac is used to reduce pain and swelling after cataract surgery. Nevanac may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide. You should not use Nevanac if you are allergic to nepafenac. Before using Nevanac, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other eye drops, or if you have diabetes, dry eye syndrome, arthritis, or a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder, such as hemophilia. Learn more

Nevanac Side Effects

Nevanac Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about nepafenac ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Nevanac.

For the Consumer

Applies to nepafenac ophthalmic: ophthalmic suspension

Along with its needed effects, nepafenac ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Nevanac) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking nepafenac ophthalmic:

More common

  • Blurred vision
  • change in vision
  • decrease in vision
  • loss of vision

Less common

  • Eye pain
  • itching of the eye
  • swelling and/or redness of the eye and lining of the eyelid

Some side effects of nepafenac ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Feeling of having something in the eye
  • sticky sensation of the eyelids

Less common

  • Change in color vision
  • cough
  • crusting in the corner of the eye
  • difficulty seeing at night
  • dizziness
  • dry eyes
  • fever
  • headache
  • increased sensitivity of the eyes to sunlight
  • nausea or vomiting
  • nervousness
  • pounding in the ears
  • seeing flashes or sparks of light
  • seeing floating spots before the eyes, or a veil or curtain appearing across part of vision
  • slow or fast heartbeat
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • tightness of the chest or wheezing
  • troubled breathing

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to nepafenac ophthalmic: ophthalmic suspension


Common (1% to 10%): Capsular opacity, conjunctival edema, corneal edema, dry eye, foreign body sensation in eyes, increased intraocular pressure, lid margin crusting, ocular discomfort, ocular hyperemia, ocular pain, ocular pruritus, photophobia, punctate keratitis, reduced visual acuity, sticky sensation, tearing, vitreous detachment

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Corneal epithelium defect, eye pain, eyelid margin crusting, keratitis

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Allergic conjunctivitis, blepharitis, choroidal effusion, conjunctival hyperemia, corneal deposits, eye discharge, eye irritation, eye pruritus, increased lacrimation, iritis

Frequency not reported: Blurred vision, corneal opacity, corneal perforation, corneal scar, corneal thinning, eye swelling, impaired healing (cornea), ulcerative keratitis

Postmarketing reports: Corneal adverse reactions, sight threatening corneal adverse reactions


Common (1% to 10%): Nausea, vomiting

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Dizziness


Common (1% to 10%): Hypertension

Frequency not reported: Increased blood pressure


Common (1% to 10%): Sinusitis


Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Allergic dermatitis, cutis laxa, dermatochalasis


Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Hypersensitivity


Frequency not reported: Increased bleeding time


Frequency not reported: Delayed healing

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Nevanac