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All about: Loteprednol Drops

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Generic Name: Loteprednol Eye Drops 0.5% (low-TEH-PRED-nole)
Brand Name: Lotemax

Loteprednol Drops is used for:

Treating swelling, itching, redness, or irritation of the eye caused by bacterial or viral infections, surgery, or certain allergies.

Loteprednol is an ophthalmic corticosteroid. It decreases inflammation (eg, redness, swelling, warmth, pain) of the eye.

Do NOT use Loteprednol Drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Loteprednol Drops
  • you have a bacterial, viral, or mycobacterial infection of the eye

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

Before using Loteprednol Drops:

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

  • if you are pregnant, planning 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 wear soft contact lenses
  • if you have cataract surgery, diabetes, eye discharge, thinning of the cornea or sclera, or glaucoma
  • if you have a history of herpes simplex of the eye

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Loteprednol Drops. However, no specific interactions with Loteprednol Drops are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Loteprednol Drops 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 Loteprednol Drops:

Use Loteprednol Drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Loteprednol Drops is only for the eye. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • To use Loteprednol Drops in the eye, 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 eyelid for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry 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 the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • If you miss a dose of Loteprednol Drops, take 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 take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Loteprednol Drops.

Important safety information:

  • Loteprednol Drops may cause blurred vision. Use Loteprednol Drops with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Soft contact lenses may absorb a chemical in Loteprednol Drops; do not wear soft contact lenses while you use Loteprednol Drops.
  • If Loteprednol Drops is used for more than 10 days, your eyes will need to be re-evaluated by your eye care provider.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 2 days or if they get worse, check with your eye doctor.
  • Loteprednol Drops should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if Loteprednol Drops can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Loteprednol Drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if Loteprednol Drops is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Loteprednol Drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Loteprednol Drops:

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; discharge; dry eyes; eye redness; eye/eyelid swelling; foreign body sensation; headache; increased tearing; itching; runny nose; sensitivity to light; sore throat; stinging when placed in the eye.

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

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in vision; continued or worsening itching; delayed healing after surgery; eye pain; severe redness or swelling.

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 Loteprednol Drops:

Store Loteprednol Drops at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store in an upright position. Do not freeze. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Loteprednol Drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Loteprednol Drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Loteprednol Drops 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 Loteprednol Drops. 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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