Generic Name: fluorometholone (flure-oh-METH-oh-lone)
Brand Name: FML
FML ointment is used for:
Treating inflammation (swelling, warmth, redness, pain) of the eyes and eyelids.
FML ointment is a corticosteroid. Exactly how FML ointment works is unknown.
Do NOT use FML ointment if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in FML ointment
- 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 FML ointment:
Some medical conditions may interact with FML ointment. 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 FML ointment. Because little, if any, of FML ointment 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 FML ointment 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 FML ointment:
Use FML ointment as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- FML ointment may be used around the eye or in the eye. To use FML ointment in the eye, first, wash your hands. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from your eye to form a pouch. Squeeze a thin strip of ointment into the pouch. After using FML ointment, gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. Wipe the applicator tip with a clean, dry tissue. To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
- Do not wear soft contact lenses while you are using FML ointment. 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 FML ointment, 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 FML ointment.
Important safety information:
- FML ointment may cause blurred vision. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to FML ointment.
- If your condition does not improve within 2 days 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 FML ointment with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 2 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using FML ointment during pregnancy. It is unknown if FML ointment is excreted in breast milk after use in the eye. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using FML ointment, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of FML ointment:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Blurred vision; taste changes; temporary burning or stinging.
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 FML ointment.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of FML ointment:
Store FML ointment below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Avoid temperatures above 105 degrees F (40 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep FML ointment out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about FML ointment, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- FML ointment 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.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take FML ointment or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about FML ointment. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to FML ointment. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using FML ointment.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.