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What is the difference between Inveltys, Lotemax and Alrex?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 22, 2023.

Official answer


Inveltys and Alrex are both available as an ophthalmic suspension (drops) whereas Lotemax is available as an ophthalmic suspension and gel and ointment.

Inveltys, Lotemax, and Alrex all contain loteprednol etabonate, a topical corticosteroid medication that is used in the eye to lessen inflammation. However, the are some differences between these products.

  • Inveltys from Kala Pharmaceuticals comes as a 1% ophthalmic suspension and is FDA-approved for the treatment of postoperative eye inflammation and pain following ocular surgery. Inveltys is a unique nanoparticle ocular formulation and is the first twice-daily corticosteroid approved for this use. All other ocular steroids are only approved for 4 times a day dosing.
  • Lotemax from Bausch + Lomb is available as a 0.5% ophthalmic suspension, 0.5% ophthalmic ointment and 0.5% ophthalmic gel. All three forms are approved for the treatment of inflammation and pain after eye surgery; however, the 0.5% suspension is also approved for the treatment of other inflammatory conditions of the eye such as allergies, keratitis, iritis and certain infections. It is used 4 times a day.
  • Alrex, also from Bausch + Lomb, is available as a 0.2% ophthalmic suspension and is approved for the temporary relief of the signs and symptoms of seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (such as an eye allergy due to pollen or mold). It is used 4 times a day.

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