Lotemax Side Effects
Generic Name: loteprednol ophthalmic
Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug loteprednol ophthalmic. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Lotemax.
It is possible that some side effects of Lotemax may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
For the Consumer
Applies to loteprednol ophthalmic: ophthalmic gel/jelly, ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic suspension
Along with its needed effects, loteprednol ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Lotemax) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking loteprednol ophthalmic:More common
- Blurred vision or other change in vision
- redness or swelling of the eye
- sensitivity of the eyes to light
- swelling of the membrane covering the white part of the eye
- Discharge from the eye
- eye discomfort, irritation, or pain
- redness of the eyelid or inner lining of the eyelid
- tiny bumps on the inner lining of the eyelid
- delayed wound healing
- loss of vision
- nausea or vomiting
Some side effects of loteprednol ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:More common
- Burning when medicine is applied
- dry eyes
- feeling of something in the eye
- runny nose
- sore throat
- tearing or watery eye
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to loteprednol ophthalmic: ophthalmic gel, ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic suspension
Very common (10% or more): Anterior chamber inflammation with ointment (25%), occurring in 5 to 15% of patients: Abnormal vision/blurring, burning on instillation, chemosis, discharge, dry eyes, epiphora, foreign body sensation, itching, photophobia
Common (1% to 10%): Anterior chamber inflammation with gel (5%), conjunctival hyperemia, corneal edema, eye pain, foreign body sensation, occurring in less than 5% of patients: conjunctivitis, corneal abnormalities, eyelid erythema, keratoconjunctivitis, ocular irritation/discomfort, papillae, uveitis
Frequency not reported: Elevated intraocular pressure (may be associated with infrequent optic nerve damage), visual acuity and field defects, posterior subcapsular cataract formation, delayed wound healing, secondary ocular infection (including herpes simplex), perforation of the globe (where there is thinning of the cornea or sclera), keratitis, corneal ulcers, loss of accommodation, ptosis
Randomized studies involving patients treated with loteprednol etabonate therapy for 28 days or longer revealed the incidence of significant elevation in intraocular pressure (>= 10 mmHg) was 2% (15/901) with loteprednol etabonate, 7% (11/164) with 1% prednisolone acetate and 0.5% (3/583) with placebo.
Very common (10% or more): Occurring in less than 15% of patients: rhinitis, pharyngitis
Very common (10% or more): Headache
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