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Flarex Side Effects

Generic Name: fluorometholone ophthalmic

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of fluorometholone ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Flarex.

For the Consumer

Applies to fluorometholone ophthalmic: ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic suspension

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by fluorometholone ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Flarex). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Severity: Major

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when 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
  • headache
  • increased sensitivity of the eyes to light
  • nausea or vomiting
  • redness, pain, swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
  • tearing

Severity: Minor

Some of the side effects that can occur with fluorometholone ophthalmic may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

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

Ocular

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]

Gastrointestinal

Frequency not reported: Dysgeusia[Ref]

Endocrine

Rare (less than 0.1%): Systemic hypercorticoidism[Ref]

Dermatologic

Frequency not reported: Rash[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Frequency not reported: Hypersensitivity[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Taste perversion[Ref]

General

The most commonly reported side effect was increased intraocular pressure.[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. FML Ophthalmic Suspension (fluoromethalone ophthalmic)." Allergan Inc, Irvine, CA.

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

4. "Product Information. Flarex (fluorometholone ophthalmic)." A-S Medication Solutions, Chicago, IL.

Not all side effects for Flarex may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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