Fluorometholone Forte Side Effects Center

Last updated on RxList: 7/11/2022
Fluorometholone Forte Side Effects Center

What Is Fluorometholone Forte?

FML Forte (fluorometholone) Ophthalmic Suspension 0.25% is a steroid used to treat eye swelling caused by infections, injury, surgery, or other conditions.

What Are Side Effects of Fluorometholone Forte?

Common side effects of FML Forte include:

  • stinging
  • burning
  • itching
  • irritation of the eyes for 1 to 2 minutes
  • temporary blurred vision when you apply this medication

Other side effects of FML forte include sensitivity to light.

Seek medical care or call 911 at once if you have the following serious side effects:

  • Serious eye symptoms such as sudden vision loss, blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain or swelling, or seeing halos around lights;
  • Serious heart symptoms such as fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeats; fluttering in your chest; shortness of breath; and sudden dizziness, lightheartedness, or passing out;
  • Severe headache, confusion, slurred speech, arm or leg weakness, trouble walking, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady, very stiff muscles, high fever, profuse sweating, or tremors.

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

Dosage for Fluorometholone Forte

The dose of FML Forte is one drop instilled into the conjunctival sac two to four times daily. Do not discontinue treatment prematurely.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Fluorometholone Forte?

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.

Fluorometholone Forte During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

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 breastfeeding.

Additional Information

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 signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • pain behind your eyes, sudden vision changes;
  • slow healing after your eye surgery;
  • eye pain, tunnel vision, or seeing halos around lights; or
  • signs of new eye infection, such as swelling, draining, or crusting of your eyes.

Common side effects may include:

  • mild stinging or burning in your eyes;
  • feeling like something is in your eye;
  • red or puffy eyelids;
  • blurred vision; or
  • drooping eyelids.

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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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%)

© Fluorometholone Forte Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Fluorometholone Forte Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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