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Loteprednol gel

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

Loteprednol gel is used for:

Treating swelling and pain of the eye after eye surgery.

Loteprednol gel is a corticosteroid for the eye. It works by decreasing inflammation (eg, redness, swelling, warmth, pain) of the eye.

Do NOT use loteprednol gel if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in loteprednol gel
  • you have a bacterial, viral, fungal, or mycobacterial infection of the eye

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

Before using loteprednol gel:

Some medical conditions may interact with loteprednol gel. 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 soft contact lenses
  • if you have other eye problems (eg, glaucoma, thinning of the cornea or sclera) or diabetes
  • if you have a history of herpes simplex of the eye

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

Ask your health care provider if loteprednol gel 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 gel:

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

  • Loteprednol gel is only for the eye. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
  • Do not wear contact lenses while you are using loteprednol gel.
  • Turn the bottle over and shake 1 time before using a dose.
  • To use loteprednol gel in the eye, 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, dry 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 the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • If you miss a dose of loteprednol gel, take 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 take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use loteprednol gel.

Important safety information:

  • Loteprednol gel may cause temporary blurred vision. Use loteprednol gel with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks if your vision is blurred.
  • Do not use more than the recommended dose or for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • If loteprednol gel is used for more than 10 days, your eyes will need to be re-evaluated by your eye care provider.
  • Loteprednol gel should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if loteprednol gel can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using loteprednol gel while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk after use in the eye. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use loteprednol gel, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of loteprednol gel:

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:

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); eye pain; new or worsening eye irritation, itching, redness, or swelling; vision changes.

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 gel:

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

General information:

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

Review Date: November 3, 2016

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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