Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Alrex, Lotemax
Generic Name: loteprednol ophthalmic (Pronunciation: lo te PRED nol off THAL mik)
What is loteprednol ophthalmic (Alrex, Lotemax)?
Loteprednol is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Loteprednol ophthalmic (for the eye) is used to treat eye swelling caused by surgery, infection, allergies, and other conditions.
Loteprednol ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of loteprednol ophthalmic (Alrex, Lotemax)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using loteprednol and call your doctor at once if you have:
Common side effects may include:
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.
What is the most important information I should know about loteprednol ophthalmic (Alrex, Lotemax)?
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 days of treatment. Stop using loteprednol and call your doctor at once if you have signs of a new eye infection such as swelling, redness, irritation, or drainage, or if you have problems with your vision, or severe pain, burning, or stinging when you use the eye drops.
Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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