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Prolonged use of topical corticosteroids may increase intraocular pressure, with resultant glaucoma, damage to the optic nerve, and defects in visual acuity and fields of vision. However, data from 2 uncontrolled studies 1-2 indicate that in patients with increased intraocular pressure and in those susceptible to a rise in intraocular pressure upon application of topical corticosteroids, there is less effect on pressure with HMS® (medrysone 1% liquifilm opthalmic) than with dexamethasone or betamethasone.
Prolonged use of topical corticosteroids may rarely be associated with development of posterior subcapsular cataracts.
General: With prolonged use of HMS® (medrysone 1% liquifilm opthalmic) , the intraocular pressure and the lens should be examined periodically. In persistent corneal ulceration where a corticosteroid has been used, or is in use, fungal infection should be suspected.
Pregnancy Category C: Medrysone has been shown to be embryocidal in rabbits when given in doses 10 and 30 times the human dose. Medrysone was ocularly applied to both eyes of pregnant rabbits 2 drops 4 times per day on day 6 through 18 of gestation. A significant increase in early resorptions was observed in the treated rabbits. There are no adequate or well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Medrysone should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
Pediatric Use: Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.
Last reviewed on RxList: 12/8/2004
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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