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In this Article
- What is fluorometholone ophthalmic (FML)?
- What are the possible side effects of fluorometholone ophthalmic (FML)?
- What is the most important information I should know about fluorometholone ophthalmic (FML)?
- What should I tell my healthcare provider before using fluorometholone ophthalmic (FML)?
- How should I use fluorometholone ophthalmic (FML)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (FML)?
- What happens if I overdose (FML)?
- What should I avoid while using fluorometholone ophthalmic (FML)?
- What other drugs will affect fluorometholone ophthalmic (FML)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I tell my healthcare provider before using fluorometholone ophthalmic (FML)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to fluorometholone, or if you have any type of infection, especially:
- a fungal eye infection;
- any type of viral eye infection, such as ocular herpes;
- tuberculosis; or
- an untreated infection in your eye or elsewhere, including chickenpox.
Before using fluorometholone ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have herpes. You may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use fluorometholone.
FDA pregnancy category C. Fluorometholone ophthalmic may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether fluorometholone ophthalmic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use fluorometholone ophthalmic (FML)?
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.
Wash your hands before using your eye drops or ointment.
To apply the eye drops:
- Shake the bottle gently before each use to be sure the medicine is well mixed.
- Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the dropper tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye.
- Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct. If you use more than one drop in the same eye, wait about 5 minutes before putting in the next drop.
- Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.
- Do not allow the dropper tip to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.
Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
To apply the ointment:
- You may warm the ointment by holding the medicine tube in your hand for a few minutes before use. Tilt your head back slightly and pull down gently on your lower eyelid. Apply a thin film of the ointment into your lower eyelid. Close your eye and roll your eyeball around for 1 to 2 minutes. If you are applying another eye medication, allow at least 10 minutes before your next application.
Do not stop using fluorometholone suddenly without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment with fluorometholone ophthalmic.
To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your eyes will need to be checked on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.
Store fluorometholone ophthalmic at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle or tube tightly capped. Do not allow this medicine to freeze.
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