Alrex Side Effects
Generic name: loteprednol ophthalmic
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 27, 2020.
Note: This document contains side effect information about loteprednol ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Alrex.
For the Consumer
Applies to loteprednol ophthalmic: ophthalmic gel/jelly, ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic suspension
Side effects requiring immediate medical attention
Along with its needed effects, loteprednol ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Alrex) 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:
- 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
- Decreased vision
- 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
Incidence not known
- gradual blurring or loss of vision
- loss of vision
- slow wound healing
Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention
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:
- Burning feeling when medicine is applied
- dry eyes
- feeling of something in the eye
- runny nose
- sore throat
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to loteprednol ophthalmic: ophthalmic gel, ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic suspension
Common (1% to 10%): Corneal defect, eye discharge, ocular discomfort, dry eye, epiphora, foreign body sensation in eyes, conjunctival hyperemia, ocular itching, burning on instillation
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abnormal vision, blurring of vision, chemosis, conjunctivitis, conjunctival hyperemia, iritis, eye irritation, eye pain, conjunctival papillae, photophobia, uveitis, keratoconjunctivitis
Rare (less than 0.1%): Urinary tract infection, urethritis[Ref]
Rare (less than 0.1%): Weight gain[Ref]
Rare (less than 0.1%): Breast neoplasm[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Asthenia
Rare (less than 0.1%): Chills, fever, pain, face edema
Frequency not reported: Delayed wound healing[Ref]
Rare (less than 0.1%): Nervousness[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Rhinitis, pharyngitis
Rare (less than 0.1%): Chest pain, cough[Ref]
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2. "Product Information. Alrex (loteprednol ophthalmic)." Bausch and Lomb, Tampa, FL.
3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
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