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Anti-inflammatory Drugs, Nonsteroidal (Ophthalmic)

Description and Brand Names | Before Using | Proper Use | Precautions | Side Effects

  • Anti-inflammatory, nonsteroidal, ophthalmic - Diclofenac; Flurbiprofen; Indomethacin
  • Miosis inhibitor, in ophthalmic surgery - Diclofenac; Flurbiprofen; Indomethacin; Suprofen
  • Prostaglandin synthesis inhibitor, ophthalmic - Diclofenac; Flurbiprofen; Indomethacin; Suprofen

Ophthalmic anti-inflammatory medicines are used in the eye to lessen problems that can occur during or after some kinds of eye surgery. Sometimes, the pupil of the eye gets smaller during an operation. This makes it more difficult for the surgeon to reach some areas of the eye. Some of these medicines are used to help prevent this. Also, some of them are used after eye surgery, to relieve effects such as inflammation or edema (too much fluid in the eye).

These medicines may also be used for other conditions, as determined by your ophthalmologist (eye doctor).

These medicines are available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following dosage forms:

  • Diclofenac
    • Ophthalmic solution (U.S. and Canada)
  • Flurbiprofen
    • Ophthalmic solution (U.S. and Canada)
  • Indomethacin
    • Ophthalmic suspension (Canada)
  • Suprofen
    • Ophthalmic solution (U.S.)

Brand Names

Some commonly used brand names are:

In the U.S. -

  • Ocufen 2
  • Profenal 4
  • Voltaren Ophthalmic 1

In Canada -

  • Indocid 3
  • Ocufen 2
  • Voltaren Ophtha 1

Another commonly used name for indomethacin is indometacin .


For quick reference, the following nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are numbered to match the corresponding brand names.

This information applies to the following medicines:
1. Diclofenac (dye-KLOE-fen-ak)
2. Flurbiprofen (flure-BI-proe-fen)‡
3. Indomethacin (in-doe-METH-a-sin)*
4. Suprofen (soo-PROE-fen)†
* Not commercially available in the U.S.
† Not commercially available in Canada
‡ Generic name product may be available in the U.S.


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