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The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
ACULAR LS (ketorolac tromethamine) is an ophthalmic medication used after different types of eye surgery.
ACULAR LS belongs to the medication class non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID). NSAIDs like ACULAR LS reduce pain, inflammation, swelling, and redness where they are applied. Ketorolac works by blocking the enzymes cyclooxygenase 1 and cyclooxygenase 2. Blocking these enzymes prevents cells of the immune system from activating.
ACULAR LS is used after the following surgeries: cataract extraction, corneal refractive surgery, and cataract surgery. It can also be used to treat ocular itching that occurs with seasonal allergies.
Instill one drop to the affected eye(s) four times daily or as directed by your doctor. Sometimes ACULAR LS is applied only twice daily.
Do not touch the tip of the dropper directly onto the eye. Contact with the eye can cause contamination by viruses or bacteria, which can lead to eye infections.
Remove contact lenses before applying and wait at least 10 minutes before putting them back in.
The active ingredient in ACULAR LS is ketorolac tromethamine 0.4%.
The name for ACULAR LS generic is also ketorolac tromethamine.
Since eye medications are not absorbed into the bloodstream, they do not have drug interactions with most other medications.
However, when using other eye drops, separate their administration by at least five minutes.
Long-term use can lead to adverse effects on the cornea, including erosion, perforation, ulceration, and keratitis. Do not use this medication for longer than instructed by your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you have a known allergy to NSAIDs.
The most common side effects that can happen while using ACULAR LS include
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Acular LS [package insert].Palo Alto, CA: Allergan; 2003.