Generic Name: loteprednol (LOE-teh-PRED-nol)
Brand Name: Lotemax
Lotemax gel is used for:
Treating swelling and pain of the eye after eye surgery.
Lotemax gel is a corticosteroid for the eye. It works by decreasing inflammation (eg, redness, swelling, warmth, pain) of the eye.
Do NOT use Lotemax gel if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Lotemax gel
- you have a bacterial, viral, fungal, or mycobacterial infection of the eye
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Lotemax gel:
Some medical conditions may interact with Lotemax gel. 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 other eye problems (eg, glaucoma, thinning of the cornea or sclera) or diabetes
- if you have a history of herpes simplex of the eye
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Lotemax gel. However, no specific interactions with Lotemax gel are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if Lotemax gel 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 Lotemax gel:
Use Lotemax gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Lotemax gel is only for the eye. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
- Do not wear contact lenses while you are using Lotemax gel.
- Turn the bottle over and shake 1 time before using a dose.
- To use Lotemax gel 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. 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 Lotemax gel, 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 Lotemax gel.
Important safety information:
- Lotemax gel may cause temporary blurred vision. Use Lotemax gel with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks if your vision is blurred.
- Do not use more than the recommended dose or for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- If Lotemax gel is used for more than 10 days, your eyes will need to be re-evaluated by your eye care provider.
- Lotemax gel 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 Lotemax gel can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Lotemax gel while you are pregnant. It is not known if Lotemax gel is found in breast milk after use in the eye. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Lotemax gel, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Lotemax gel:
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:
Feeling of having something in your eye.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); eye pain; new or worsening eye irritation, itching, redness, or swelling; vision changes.
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 Lotemax gel:
Store Lotemax gel at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store in an upright position. Do not freeze. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Lotemax gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Lotemax gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Lotemax gel 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 Lotemax gel 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 Lotemax gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Lotemax gel. 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 Lotemax gel.
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.