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All about: Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension

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Generic Name: Fluorometholone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension (flure-oh-METH-oh-lone)
Brand Name: Flarex

Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension is used for:

Treating inflammation (swelling, warmth, redness, pain) of the eyes and eyelids.

Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension is a corticosteroid. Exactly how Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension works is unknown.

Do NOT use Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension
  • you have a viral infection of the eye (eg, herpes), a fungal or tuberculosis infection of the eye, certain untreated eye infections (eg, infections producing pus or discharge), or vaccinia or chickenpox infection

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have thinning of the eye tissues (eg, cornea, sclera), other eye problems (eg, glaucoma, cataracts, nerve damage), or diabetes
  • if you have recently had cataract surgery

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension. Because little, if any, of Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension:

Use Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Shake well before each use.
  • To use Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension, first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including your eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • Do not wear soft contact lenses while you are using Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension. Sterilize contact lenses according to the manufacturer's directions and check with your doctor before using them.
  • If your doctor prescribed more than 1 eye medicine, find out the best order for using each medicine.
  • If you miss a dose of Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension may cause blurred vision. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension.
  • If your condition does not improve within 2 weeks or if it becomes worse, check with your doctor.
  • LAB TESTS, including eye pressure, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension during pregnancy. It is unknown if Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension is excreted in breast milk after use in the eye. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Blurred vision; temporary burning or stinging.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in vision; continuing blurred vision; discharge from eyes; eye pain, itching, redness, swelling, irritation, or sores not present when you began using Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension:

Store Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension at room temperature, between 36 and 80 degrees F (2 and 27 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Fluorometholone Acetate Suspension. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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