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Lotemax Ophthalmic Ointment

Lotemax Ophthalmic Ointment Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Alrex, Lotemax

Generic Name: loteprednol ophthalmic (Pronunciation: lo te PRED nol off THAL mik)

What is loteprednol ophthalmic (Lotemax Ophthalmic Ointment)?

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

Loteprednol ophthalmic (for the eye) is used to treat eye swelling caused by surgery, infection, allergies, and other conditions.

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

What are the possible side effects of loteprednol ophthalmic (Lotemax Ophthalmic Ointment)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using loteprednol and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • signs of a new eye infection such as swelling, redness, irritation, or drainage;
  • blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
  • problems with your vision; or
  • severe pain, burning or stinging when using the eye drops.

Common side effects may include:

  • minor burning when using the eye drops;
  • dry, red, itchy, or watery eyes;
  • feeling that something is in your eye;
  • being more sensitive to light;
  • headache; or
  • runny nose, sore throat.

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.

Read the Lotemax Ophthalmic Ointment (loteprednol etabonate) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about loteprednol ophthalmic (Lotemax Ophthalmic Ointment)?

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to loteprednol or other steroids, or if you have any type of fungal, viral, or bacterial infection of your eye (including herpes or chickenpox).

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 days of treatment. Stop using loteprednol and call your doctor at once if you have signs of a new eye infection such as swelling, redness, irritation, or drainage, or if you have problems with your vision, or severe pain, burning, or stinging when you use the eye drops.

Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.

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Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

 

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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