Lotemax Gel

Last updated on RxList: 8/4/2021
Lotemax Gel Side Effects Center

What Is Lotemax Gel?

Lotemax (loteprednol etabonate) ophthalmic gel 0.5% is a corticosteroid used for inflammation and pain after eye surgery. Lotemax Gel is available in generic form.

What Are Side Effects of Lotemax Gel?

Common side effects from the use of Lotemax Gel include:

  • inflammation,
  • delayed healing,
  • cataracts,
  • eye pain,
  • a sensation there is something in the eye,
  • minor burning when using the eye drops,
  • dry or watery eyes,
  • red or itchy eyes,
  • eye sensitivity to light,
  • headache,
  • runny nose, or
  • sore throat.

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Lotemax Gel including:

  • 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.

Dosage for Lotemax Gel

The dose of Lotemax Gel is one to two drops into the conjunctival sac of the affected eye(s) four times daily beginning the day after surgery and continuing for two weeks postoperatively. Lotemax Gel is not recommended for use in patients with viral diseases of the cornea and conjunctiva including epithelial herpes simplex keratitis (dendritic keratitis), vaccinia (a complication of smallpox vaccination), and varicella (chickenpox), and also in mycobacterial infection of the eye and fungal diseases of ocular structures.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Lotemax Gel?

Lotemax Gel may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications you use.

Lotemax Gel During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

Lotemax Gel should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefit to the mother justifies the potential risk of harm to the fetus. It is not known if Lotemax Gel passes into breast milk. Caution should be used when Lotemax Gel is used while breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our Lotemax (loteprednol etabonate) Ophthalmic Gel 0.5% 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; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • pain when using the eye drops;
  • worsening redness or itching;
  • eye pain or swelling, trouble closing your eye;
  • pain behind your eyes, sudden vision changes;
  • tunnel vision, seeing halos around lights; or
  • signs of eye infection--redness, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage.

Common side effects may include:

  • minor burning when using the eye drops;
  • eye pain, blurred vision;
  • dry or watery eyes;
  • feeling like something is in your eye;
  • your eyes may be 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 entire detailed patient monograph for Lotemax Gel (Loteprednol Etabonate Ophthalmic Gel)


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Adverse reactions associated with ophthalmic steroids include elevated intraocular pressure, which may be associated with infrequent optic nerve damage, visual acuity and field defects, posterior subcapsular cataract formation, delayed wound healing and secondary ocular infection from pathogens including herpes simplex, and perforation of the globe where there is thinning of the cornea or sclera.

The most common adverse drug reactions reported in the clinical trials (2-5%) were anterior chamber inflammation, eye pain, and foreign body sensation.


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Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Lotemax Gel (Loteprednol Etabonate Ophthalmic Gel)

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