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loteprednol (ophthalmic)

Pronunciation: lo te PRED nol off THAL mik

Brand: Alrex, Lotemax

What is the most important information I should know about loteprednol ophthalmic?

You should not use this medicine if you have an eye infection (including herpes simplex).

What is loteprednol ophthalmic?

Loteprednol ophthalmic (for the eyes) is a steroid medicine that is used to treat eye inflammation caused by allergies, shingles (herpes zoster), severe acne, iritis, or certain other conditions.

The gel form of loteprednol ophthalmic is used to treat pain and swelling after eye surgery.

Loteprednol ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using loteprednol ophthalmic?

You should not use loteprednol if you are allergic to it, or if you have an eye infection (including herpes simplex).

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • glaucoma; or
  • cataracts, or cataract surgery.

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It may not be safe to breast-feed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk.

Loteprednol ophthalmic is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

How should I use loteprednol ophthalmic?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Do not use while wearing soft contact lenses. A preservative in this medicine could permanently stain the lenses. Use the medicine at least 15 minutes before inserting your contact lenses.

Wash your hands before using eye medication.

Shake the eye drops well just before each use. If using the gel, turn the bottle upside down and shake once to fill the dropper tip with gel.

To use this medicine: Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye and squeeze a drop into this pocket. Close your eyes for 1 or 2 minutes.

Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.

Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.

If you use this medicine for longer than 10 days, you may need frequent vision tests to check the pressure inside your eyes.

This medicine is for short term use. Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 days of treatment.

You should not stop using this medicine suddenly. Follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your dose.

Store this medicine in an upright position at room temperature. Do not freeze.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of loteprednol ophthalmic is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

What should I avoid while using loteprednol ophthalmic?

Do not share this medicine with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have.

This medicine may cause blurred vision and may impair your reactions. Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you.

What are the possible side effects of loteprednol ophthalmic?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • pain when using the eye drops;
  • worsening redness or itching;
  • eye pain or swelling, trouble closing your eye;
  • pain behind your eyes, sudden vision changes;
  • tunnel vision, seeing halos around lights; or
  • signs of eye infection --redness, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage.

Common side effects may include:

  • minor burning when using the eye drops;
  • blurred vision;
  • dry or watery eyes;
  • feeling like something is in your eye;
  • your eyes may be more sensitive to light;
  • headache; or
  • runny nose, sore throat.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect loteprednol ophthalmic?

Medicine used in the eyes is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about loteprednol ophthalmic.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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