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Loteprednol ointment

Generic Name: loteprednol (LOE-te-PRED-nol)
Brand Name: Lotemax

Loteprednol ointment is used for:

Treating swelling and pain after eye surgery

Loteprednol ointment is a corticosteroid. It decreases inflammation (eg, redness, swelling, warmth, pain) of the eye.

Do NOT use loteprednol ointment if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in loteprednol ointment
  • you have a viral eye infection (eg, herpes simplex keratitis, vaccinia, varicella)
  • you have a mycobacterial or fungal eye infection

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using loteprednol ointment:

Some medical conditions may interact with loteprednol 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, 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 contact lenses
  • if you have diabetes, glaucoma or increased pressure in they eye, eye discharge, or thinning of the cornea or sclera
  • if you have an eye infection or a history of herpes simplex infection of the eye
  • if you have recently had or will be having cataract surgery

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with loteprednol ointment. However, no specific interactions with loteprednol ointment are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if loteprednol 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 loteprednol ointment:

Use loteprednol ointment as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Loteprednol ointment is only for the eye. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
  • Wash your hands before using loteprednol ointment.
  • To use loteprednol 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 loteprednol 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.
  • Do not wear contact lenses while you are using loteprednol ointment. Take care of your contact lenses as directed by the manufacturer. Check with your doctor before you use 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 loteprednol 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 loteprednol ointment.

Important safety information:

  • Loteprednol ointment may cause blurred vision. Use loteprednol ointment with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • If loteprednol ointment is used for more than 10 days, your eyes and vision may need to monitored. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 2 days or if they get worse, check with your eye doctor.
  • Loteprednol ointment may delay wound healing. Tell your doctor if your eye does not appear to be healing as it should.
  • Loteprednol ointment should be not be used in CHILDREN after eye surgery; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using loteprednol ointment while you are pregnant. It is not known if loteprednol ointment is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use loteprednol ointment, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of loteprednol 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:

Temporary blurred vision.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in vision; eye pain, redness, or swelling.

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 loteprednol ointment:

Store loteprednol ointment at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep loteprednol ointment out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about loteprednol ointment, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Loteprednol 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 loteprednol 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 loteprednol ointment. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to loteprednol 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 loteprednol ointment.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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.

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