Last updated on RxList: 6/29/2021
Fluorometholone Side Effects Center

What Is Fluorometholone?

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

What Are Side Effects of Fluorometholone?

Common side effects of FML Ophthalmic Suspension include:

  • increased sensitivity to light, or
  • mild stinging, burning, itching, or irritation in your eyes.

Dosage for Fluorometholone

The dose of FML Ophthalmic Suspension 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?

FML Ophthalmic Suspension may interact with oral steroid medications such as prednisone, methylprednisolone, hydrocortisone, and others. Other drugs may interact with FML Ophthalmic Suspension. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use.

Fluorometholone During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using FML Ophthalmic Suspension; it may harm a fetus. It is unknown if FML Ophthalmic Suspension passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our FML (fluorometholone) 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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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.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Fluorometholone (Fluorometholone Ophthalmic Suspension, USP 0.1% Sterile)


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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.

Although systemic effects are extremely uncommon, there have been rare occurrences of systemic hypercorticoidism after use of topical dermatologic steroids applied to the skin.

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).

Transient burning and stinging upon instillation and other minor symptoms of ocular irritation have been reported with the use of FML® suspension. Other adverse events reported with the use of fluorometholone include: allergic reactions; foreign body sensation; erythema of eyelid; eyelid edema/eye swelling; eye discharge; eye pain; eye pruritus; lacrimation increased; rash; taste perversion; visual disturbance (blurry vision); and visual field defect.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Fluorometholone (Fluorometholone Ophthalmic Suspension, USP 0.1% Sterile)

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