Rimexolone

Generic Name: rimexolone (ri-MEX-oh-lone)
Brand Name: Vexol

Rimexolone is used for:

Treating swelling, itching, redness, and irritation of the eyes. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Rimexolone is a corticosteroid. It works by blocking the chemicals that cause inflammation (eg, redness, swelling, warmth, pain) in the eye.

Do NOT use rimexolone if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in rimexolone
  • you have herpes simplex of the eye, vaccinia, varicella, or other viral eye infections; a bacterial or fungal infection of the eye; or other untreated eye infections

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

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Before using rimexolone:

Some medical conditions may interact with rimexolone. 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 diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma or increased eye pressure, or other eye problems (eg, thinning of the cornea)

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

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if rimexolone 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 rimexolone:

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

  • Rimexolone is for use in the eye only. Avoid contact with your mouth, nose, or other mucous membranes.
  • Shake well before using.
  • To use rimexolone, 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 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 your eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • If your doctor has prescribed more than 1 eye medicine, check with your doctor about the best order for using each medicine.
  • If you will be using rimexolone to treat both eyes after surgery, do not use the same bottle for both eyes. Doing so may increase the risk of passing an infection from 1 eye to the other.
  • If you miss a dose of rimexolone, 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 rimexolone.

Important safety information:

  • Rimexolone may cause blurred vision. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous unless you can see clearly.
  • If your symptoms do not improve within 2 days or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Do not use rimexolone for longer than recommended or for future eye problems without first checking with your doctor.
  • Prolonged use of rimexolone may cause serious eye problems (eg, cataracts, glaucoma) or increase the risk of developing an eye infection. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Check with your doctor before wearing contact lenses while you are using rimexolone.
  • Lab tests, including eye exams, may be performed while you use rimexolone. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Rimexolone should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; 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 rimexolone while you are pregnant. It is not known if rimexolone is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use rimexolone, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of rimexolone:

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:

Blurred vision; eye discomfort; feeling of having something in your eye.

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); dizziness or light-headedness; eye pain, pressure, discharge, redness, or swelling; fainting; persistent blurred vision or other vision changes; pooling of blood in the eye; sensitivity to light; severe or persistent eye irritation or itching; sores on the eye.

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 rimexolone:

Store rimexolone between 36 and 77 degrees F (2 and 25 degrees C) in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep rimexolone out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

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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