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FML Forte

FML Forte Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Flarex, FML Forte Liquifilm, FML Liquifilm, FML S.O.P.

Generic Name: fluorometholone ophthalmic (Pronunciation: FLURE oh METH oh lone)

What is fluorometholone ophthalmic (FML Forte)?

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

Fluorometholone ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat eye swelling caused by infections, injury, surgery, or other conditions.

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

What are the possible side effects of fluorometholone ophthalmic (FML Forte)?

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 crusting of your eyes.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • increased sensitivity to light; or
  • mild stinging, burning, itching, or irritation in your eyes.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the FML Forte (fluorometholone ophthalmic suspension 0.25%) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about fluorometholone ophthalmic (FML Forte)?

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to fluorometholone, or if you have any type of viral or fungal eye infection, 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, if you have herpes, or if you are also taking an oral steroid medication such as prednisone (Deltasone, Orasone, others), methylprednisolone (Medrol), hydrocortisone (Cortef, Hydrocortone), and others.

Do not use fluorometholone ophthalmic while you are wearing contact lenses. This medication may contain a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses and cause discoloration. Wait at least 15 minutes after using fluorometholone before putting your contact lenses in.

Shake the eye drops gently before each use.

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 stop using fluorometholone suddenly without first talking to your doctor. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment with fluorometholone ophthalmic.

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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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