Generic Name: Loteprednol Eye Drops 0.2% (low TEH PRED nole)
Brand Name: Alrex
Medically reviewed on Sep 5, 2018
Uses of Alrex:
- It is used to ease allergy signs.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Alrex?
- If you have an allergy to loteprednol or any other part of Alrex (loteprednol eye drops 0.2%).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have any of these health problems: A fungal, TB (tuberculosis), or viral infection of the eye.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Alrex (loteprednol eye drops 0.2%).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Alrex (loteprednol eye drops 0.2%) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Alrex?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Alrex (loteprednol eye drops 0.2%). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Use care when driving or doing other tasks that call for clear eyesight.
- Long-term use may raise the chance of cataracts or glaucoma. Talk with the doctor.
- Have your eye pressure checked if you are on Alrex (loteprednol eye drops 0.2%) for a long time. Talk with your doctor.
- Do not use Alrex (loteprednol eye drops 0.2%) for longer than you were told by your doctor.
- Bright lights may bother you. Wear sunglasses.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Alrex (loteprednol eye drops 0.2%) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Alrex) best taken?
Use Alrex (loteprednol eye drops 0.2%) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- For the eye only.
- Keep using Alrex (loteprednol eye drops 0.2%) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
- Wash your hands before and after use.
- Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.
- Shake well before use.
- Take out contact lenses before using Alrex (loteprednol eye drops 0.2%). Lenses may be put back in 10 minutes after Alrex (loteprednol eye drops 0.2%) is given. Do not put contacts back in if your eyes are irritated or infected.
- Tilt your head back and drop drug into the eye.
- After use, keep your eyes closed. Put pressure on the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 1 to 2 minutes. This keeps the drug in your eye.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
What are some other side effects of Alrex?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Eye irritation.
- Dry eyes.
- Blurred eyesight.
- Feeling that something is in the eye.
- Runny nose.
- Sore throat.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Alrex?
- Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Alrex (loteprednol eye drops 0.2%), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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