Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Pred Forte (prednisolone acetate ophthalmic suspension) is a steroid medicine used to treat eye swelling caused by allergy, infection, injury, surgery, or other conditions. Pred Forte is available in generic form. Side effects of Pred Forte are uncommon and may include:
- stinging/burning/itching/irritation of the eyes for 1 to 2 minutes when you apply this medication,
- temporary cloudy vision,
- increased sensitivity to light,
- visual disturbance (blurry vision),
- feeling like something is in your eye, and
- allergic reactions.
Tell your doctor if you have rare but serious side effects of Pred Forte including:
- pain behind your eyes,
- sudden vision changes,
- severe headache,
- sudden eye irritation,
- blurred vision,
- tunnel vision,
- eye pain,
- seeing halos around lights, or
- signs of new eye infection (such as swelling, draining, or crusting of your eyes).
The dosage and length of treatment with Pred Forte is based on the patient's medical condition and response to treatment. The usual dose is to instill one to two drops into the conjunctival sac two to four times daily. It is unlikely other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on Pred Forte used in the eyes. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. During pregnancy, Pred 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.
Our Pred Forte (prednisolone acetate 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.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- pain behind your eyes, sudden vision changes, severe headache;
- sudden eye irritation;
- blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights; or
- signs of new eye infection, such as swelling, draining, or crusting of your eyes.
Less serious side effects may include:
- temporary cloudy vision;
- increased sensitivity to light; or
- mild stinging, burning, itching, or irritation in your eyes.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Pred Forte (Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension)
The following adverse reactions have been identified during use of PRED FORTE®. Because reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.
Adverse reactions include elevation of intraocular pressure (IOP) with possible development of glaucoma and infrequent optic nerve damage, posterior subcapsular cataract formation, and delayed wound healing.
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 PRECAUTIONS).
Other adverse reactions reported with the use of prednisolone acetate ophthalmic suspension include: allergic reactions; dysgeusia; foreign body sensation; headache; pruritus; rash; transient burning and stinging upon instillation and other minor symptoms of ocular irritation; urticaria; and visual disturbance (blurry vision).
Keratitis, conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, mydriasis, conjunctival hyperemia, loss of accommodation and ptosis have occasionally been reported following local use of corticosteroids. Corticosteroid-containing preparations have also been reported to cause acute anterior uveitis and perforation of the globe.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Pred Forte (Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension)