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Brand Names: Vexol

Generic Name: rimexolone ophthalmic (Pronunciation: rye MEX oh lone off THAL mik)

What is rimexolone ophthalmic (Vexol)?

Rimexolone ophthalmic is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Rimexolone ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat eye inflammation caused by infections, injury, surgery, or other conditions.

Rimexolone ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of rimexolone ophthalmic (Vexol)?

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 rimexolone ophthalmic and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • vision changes, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
  • pain behind your eyes;
  • feeling like something is in your eye; or
  • eye swelling, redness, itching, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage (may be signs of infection).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • blurred vision;
  • dry or watery eyes;
  • eyes being more sensitive to light;
  • headache;
  • runny nose, sore throat; or
  • unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth.

Serious side effects are not expected with this medication. Rarely, an increase in the pressure inside of the eye, formation of cataracts, or perforation of the cornea have been reported. Talk to your doctor about any possible side effects.

More commonly, some burning, stinging, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, or sensitivity to light may occur.

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 rimexolone ophthalmic (Vexol)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to rimexolone, or if you have a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection in your eye without also receiving proper anti-infective treatment.

You should not breast-feed while you are using rimexolone ophthalmic.

Your doctor may prescribe two separate bottles of rimexolone ophthalmic, one to use in each eye. This is to keep from passing infection from one eye to the other. Be sure to mark each bottle for the right or left eye, and use the eye drops from that bottle only in that eye.

Do not allow the tip of the dropper to touch any surface, including your eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

Stop using rimexolone ophthalmic and call your doctor at once if you have vision changes, eye pain, seeing halos around lights, pain behind your eyes, feeling like something is in your eye, or any signs of infection (eye swelling, redness, itching, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage).

This medication may cause blurred vision and may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.

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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