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Generic Name: fluorometholone acetate (flure-oh-METH-oh-lone)
Brand Name: Flarex
Flarex suspension is used for:
Treating inflammation (swelling, warmth, redness, pain) of the eyes and eyelids.
Flarex suspension is a corticosteroid. Exactly how Flarex suspension works is unknown.
Do NOT use Flarex suspension if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Flarex suspension
- you have a viral infection of the eye (eg, herpes), a fungal or tuberculosis infection of the eye, certain untreated eye infections (eg, infections producing pus or discharge), or vaccinia or chickenpox infection
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Flarex suspension:
Some medical conditions may interact with Flarex suspension. 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 thinning of the eye tissues (eg, cornea, sclera), other eye problems (eg, glaucoma, cataracts, nerve damage), or diabetes
- if you have recently had cataract surgery
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Flarex suspension. Because little, if any, of Flarex suspension is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Flarex suspension 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 Flarex suspension:
Use Flarex suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Shake well before each use.
- To use Flarex suspension, 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. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye for 1 to 2 minutes. 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.
- Do not wear soft contact lenses while you are using Flarex suspension. Sterilize contact lenses according to the manufacturer's directions and check with your doctor before using them.
- If your doctor prescribed more than 1 eye medicine, find out the best order for using each medicine.
- If you miss a dose of Flarex suspension, 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 Flarex suspension.
Important safety information:
- Flarex suspension may cause blurred vision. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Flarex suspension.
- If your condition does not improve within 2 weeks or if it becomes worse, check with your doctor.
- LAB TESTS, including eye pressure, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Use Flarex suspension with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Flarex suspension during pregnancy. It is unknown if Flarex suspension is excreted in breast milk after use in the eye. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Flarex suspension, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Flarex suspension:
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:
Blurred vision; temporary burning or stinging.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in vision; continuing blurred vision; discharge from eyes; eye pain, itching, redness, swelling, irritation, or sores not present when you began using Flarex suspension.
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 Flarex suspension:
Store Flarex suspension at room temperature, between 36 and 80 degrees F (2 and 27 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Flarex suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Flarex suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Flarex suspension 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 Flarex suspension 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 Flarex suspension. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Flarex suspension. 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 Flarex suspension.