What is Loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic suspension used for?
Loteprednol (Lotemax) is used to reduce eye swelling caused by allergies, certain eye infections, ocular rosacea (condition that can cause swelling, redness, and itching of the eye), herpes zoster (shingles; a rash that can occur in people who have had chickenpox in the past and can affect the eyes), and other eye …
What are the side effects of loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic suspension?
COMMON side effects
- visual sensitivity to light.
- an increased amount of blood in the lining of the eye called conjunctival hyperemia.
- dry eye.
- excessive watery eyes.
- eye pain.
- eye itching.
- throat irritation.
- a stuffy and runny nose.
Is loteprednol Etabonate a steroid?
Lotemax (loteprednol etabonate) Ophthalmic Suspension is a corticosteroid used to treat eye swelling caused by surgery, infection, allergies, and other conditions.
How long can you safely use Lotemax?
Use loteprednol (Lotemax) for up to two weeks if treating dry eye disease or to help recover after eye surgery. For certain eye inflammation conditions, you may need to use it for much longer; for example, in the clinical studies for giant papillary conjunctivitis, people took loteprednol (Lotemax) for six weeks.
How do you use Loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic ointment?
Place a one-half inch (1.5 centimeter) strip of ointment into the pouch. Gently close the eye and roll the eyeball in all directions to spread the medication. Try not to blink or rub your eye. Repeat these steps for your other eye if so directed.
How long can I use loteprednol?
You should not use Lotemax longer than 10 days without having the pressure in your eye checked by your doctor. Long-term use of Lotemax or other eye drops that contain steroids, may result in glaucoma or raised pressure in the eye, which can cause damage to the optic nerve, problems with vision, and cataracts.
What is the difference between Lotemax and loteprednol?
All 3 forms have the same active ingredient (loteprednol), but the gel is better for comfort and tolerability. This means it has several advantages: First, Lotemax gel provides a consistent dose in every drop—unlike the eye drops where the dose can vary if you forget to vigorously shake the bottle before using.
Can you use Lotemax when pregnant?
LOTEMAX should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. It is not known whether topical ophthalmic administration of corticosteroids could result in sufficient systemic absorption to produce detectable quantities in human milk.