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Fluorometholone Forte Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
FML Forte (fluorometholone) Ophthalmic Suspension 0.25% is used to treat eye swelling caused by infections, injury, surgery, or other conditions. It is a steroid. Common side effects include stinging/burning of the eyes for 1 to 2 minutes and temporary blurred vision when you apply this medication.
The dose of FML Forte is one drop instilled into the conjunctival sac two to four times daily. Do not discontinue treatment prematurely. FML Forte may interact with oral steroid medications such as prednisone, methylprednisolone, hydrocortisone, and others. Other drugs may interact with FML Forte ophthalmic. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, FML Forte should be used only when prescribed. It is not known if the medication in this product passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Our FML Forte (fluorometholone ophthalmic suspension 0.25%) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
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.
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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 entire detailed patient monograph for Fluorometholone Forte (Fluorometholone Ophthalmic Suspension 0.25%) »
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Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Use of this medication for prolonged periods or in high doses may cause serious eye problems (such as high pressure inside the eyes and cataracts). Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: vision problems, eye pain.
This medication may mask the signs of an eye infection. It may also put you at greater risk of developing an eye infection, especially with prolonged use. Report any new or worsening symptoms such as eye discharge/swelling/redness, vision problems, or no improvement of your current eye condition. Your doctor will need to adjust your treatment.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: headache, dizziness.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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Fluorometholone Forte FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Adverse reactions include, in decreasing order of frequency, elevation of intraocular pressure (IOP) with possible development of glaucoma and infrequent optic nerve damage, posterior subcapsular cataract formation, and delayed wound healing.
Corticosteroid-containing preparations have also been reported to cause acute anterior uveitis and perforation of the globe. Keratitis, conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, mydriasis, conjunctival hyperemia, loss of accommodation and ptosis have occasionally been reported following local use of corticosteroids.
The development of secondary ocular infection (bacterial, fungal and viral) has occurred. Fungal and viral infections of the cornea are particularly prone to develop coincidentally with long-term applications of steroids. The possibility of fungal invasion should be considered in any persistent corneal ulceration where steroid treatment has been used. (see WARNINGS).
Other adverse events reported with the use of FML FORTE® (fluorometholone ophthalmic suspension 0.25%) include transient burning and stinging upon instillation, ocular irritation, taste perversion and visual disturbance (blurry vision).
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Fluorometholone Forte (Fluorometholone Ophthalmic Suspension 0.25%) »
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