Flarex Side Effects
Generic name: fluorometholone ophthalmic
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on March 31, 2020.
Note: This document contains side effect information about fluorometholone ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Flarex.
For the Consumer
Applies to fluorometholone ophthalmic: ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic suspension
Side effects requiring immediate medical attention
Along with its needed effects, fluorometholone ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Flarex) 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 fluorometholone ophthalmic:
Incidence not known
- Bigger, dilated, or enlarged pupils (black part of the eye)
- blurred vision or other change in vision
- burning, dry, or itching eyes
- decreased vision
- delayed wound healing
- discharge from eye
- increased sensitivity of the eyes to light
- nausea or vomiting
- redness, pain, swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention
Some side effects of fluorometholone 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:
Incidence not known
- Burning and stinging sensation when medicine is applied
- drooping upper eyelids
- feeling of having something in the eye
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to fluorometholone ophthalmic: compounding powder, ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic suspension
Common (1% to 10%): Increased intraocular pressure
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Corneal calcification (in association with the use of phosphate containing eye drops in some patients with significantly damaged corneas)
Frequency not reported: Eye irritation, conjunctival/ocular hyperemia, eye pain, visual disturbance, foreign body sensation in eyes, eyelid edema, blurred vision, eye discharge, eye pruritus, increased lacrimation, eye edema/eye swelling, mydriasis, cataract (including subcapsular), ulcerative keratitis, ocular infection (including bacterial, fungal, and viral infections), visual field defect, punctate keratitis, acute anterior uveitis, perforation of the globe, conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, loss of accommodation, ptosis, ocular irritation, blurry vision[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Dysgeusia[Ref]
Rare (less than 0.1%): Systemic hypercorticoidism[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Rash[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Hypersensitivity[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Taste perversion[Ref]
The most commonly reported side effect was increased intraocular pressure.[Ref]
1. "Product Information. FML Ophthalmic Suspension (fluoromethalone ophthalmic)." Allergan Inc, Irvine, CA.
2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
3. "Product Information. Flarex (fluorometholone ophthalmic)." A-S Medication Solutions, Chicago, IL.
4. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
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