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(fluorometholone) Ophthalmic Suspension, USP 0.25% Sterile
FML FORTE® (fluorometholone ophthalmic suspension 0.25%) sterile ophthalmic suspension is a topical anti-inflammatory product for ophthalmic use.
Fluorometholone: 9-Fluoro-11β, 17-dihydroxy-6α-methylpregna-1,4-diene-3,20-dione.
Active: fluorometholone 0.25%. Preservative: benzalkonium chloride 0.005%. Inactives: edetate disodium; polysorbate 80; polyvinyl alcohol 1.4%; purified water; sodium chloride; sodium phosphate, dibasic; sodium phosphate, monobasic; and sodium hydroxide to adjust the pH. FML Forte® (fluorometholone ophthalmic suspension 0.25%) suspension is formulated with a pH from 6.2 to 7.5.
What are the possible side effects of fluorometholone ophthalmic (Flarex, FML Forte Liquifilm, FML Liquifilm, FML S.O.P.)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- pain behind your eyes, sudden vision changes, severe headache;
- sudden eye irritation;
- blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights; or
- signs of new eye infection, such as swelling, draining, or...
What are the precautions when taking fluorometholone ophthalmic suspension 0.25% (FML Forte)?
Before using fluorometholone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: eye infections, recent eye surgery, cataracts, glaucoma (open-angle type), severe nearsightedness (myopia), diabetes.
After you apply this drug, your vision may become temporarily blurred. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use...
Last reviewed on RxList: 7/30/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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