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Lotemax Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Lotemax (loteprednol etabonate) Ophthalmic Suspension is used to treat eye swelling caused by surgery, infection, allergies, and other conditions. It is a corticosteroid. Common side effects include stinging/burning of the eyes for 1 to 2 minutes and temporary blurred vision when you apply this medication.
Dose: Apply one to two drops of Lotemax into the conjunctival sac of the affected eye(s) four times daily. It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on Lotemax used in the eyes. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Lotemax 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 Lotemax (loteprednol etabonate) Ophthalmic Suspension 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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Lotemax in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
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.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Lotemax (Loteprednol Etabonate Ophthalmic Suspension) »
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Lotemax Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
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.
Read the entire patient information overview for Lotemax (Loteprednol Etabonate Ophthalmic Suspension)»
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Lotemax FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Reactions associated with ophthalmic steroids include elevated intraocular pressure, which may be associated with optic nerve damage, visual acuity and field defects, posterior subcapsular cataract formation, secondary ocular infection from pathogens including herpes simplex, and perforation of the globe where there is thinning of the cornea or sclera.
Ocular adverse reactions occurring in 5-15% of patients treated with loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic suspension (0.2%-0.5%) in clinical studies included abnormal vision/blurring, burning on instillation, chemosis, discharge, dry eyes, epiphora, foreign body sensation, itching, injection, and photophobia. Other ocular adverse reactions occurring in less than 5% of patients include conjunctivitis, corneal abnormalities, eyelid erythema, keratoconjunctivitis, ocular irritation/pain/discomfort, papillae, and uveitis. Some of these events were similar to the underlying ocular disease being studied.
In a summation of controlled, randomized studies of individuals treated for 28 days or longer with loteprednol etabonate, the incidence of significant elevation of intraocular pressure ( ≥ 10 mmHg) was 2% (15/901) among patients receiving loteprednol etabonate, 7% (11/164) among patients receiving 1% prednisolone acetate and 0.5% (3/583) among patients receiving placebo.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Lotemax (Loteprednol Etabonate Ophthalmic Suspension) »
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