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Loteprednol

Loteprednol

What Is Loteprednol Ophthalmic?

Loteprednol is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Loteprednol ophthalmic (for the eye) is used to treat eye swelling caused by surgery, infection, allergies, and other conditions.

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

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to loteprednol or other steroids, or if you have any type of fungal, viral, or bacterial infection of your eye (including herpes or chickenpox).

Loteprednol ophthalmic side effects

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

Stop using loteprednol and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • signs of a new eye infection such as swelling, redness, irritation, or drainage;
  • blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
  • problems with your vision; or
  • severe pain, burning or stinging when using the eye drops.

Loteprednol Ophthalmic Interactions

Do not use other eye medications unless your doctor tells you to.

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on loteprednol used in the eyes. 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.

How to use Loteprednol Etabonate 0.5 % Eye Drops,Suspension

Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, do not wear contact lenses while you are using this medicine. Sterilize contact lenses according to the manufacturer's directions, and check with your doctor before you begin using them again.

If your doctor does approve the wearing of contact lenses during treatment with this medication, remove the lenses before using the eye drops. The preservative in this product may be absorbed by contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after each dose of the eye drop before wearing the lenses again.

Dosage Forms & Strengths

ophthalmic suspension

  • 0.2% (Alrex)
  • 0.5% (Lotemax)
  • 1% (Inveltys)

STORAGE

Alrex:

  • Protect from freezing
  • Store between 59 to 77 degrees F
  • Store upright

Lotemax:

  • Store between 59 to 77 degrees F
  • Store upright
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