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Pred Forte Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is prednisolone ophthalmic (Pred Forte)?
- What are the possible side effects of prednisolone ophthalmic (Pred Forte)?
- What is the most important information I should know about prednisolone ophthalmic (Pred Forte)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using prednisolone ophthalmic (Pred Forte)?
- How should I use prednisolone ophthalmic (Pred Forte)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Pred Forte)?
- What happens if I overdose (Pred Forte)?
- What should I avoid while using prednisolone ophthalmic (Pred Forte)?
- What other drugs will affect prednisolone ophthalmic (Pred Forte)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using prednisolone ophthalmic (Pred Forte)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to prednisolone or other steroids, or if you have certain types of infection (viral, fungal, or bacterial) that can affect your eyes.
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use prednisolone ophthalmic:
- recent cataract surgery; or
- herpes simplex.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether prednisolone ophthalmic is harmful to an unborn baby. Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether prednisolone ophthalmic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use prednisolone ophthalmic (Pred Forte)?
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.
Wash your hands before using prednisolone ophthalmic.
To apply the eye drops:
- Shake the bottle gently before each use to be sure the medicine is well mixed.
- Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the dropper tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye.
- Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct. If you use more than one drop in the same eye, wait about 5 minutes before putting in the next drop.
- Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.
- 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.
If you still have pain or swelling after 2 days of treatment, stop using this medication and call your doctor.
Do not stop using prednisolone ophthalmic suddenly after long-term use without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
If you use prednisolone ophthalmic for longer than 10 days, your eyes will need to be checked on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle or tube tightly capped. Do not allow this medicine to freeze.
Additional Pred Forte Information
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