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Isopto Cetapred Side Effects

Generic Name: prednisolone / sulfacetamide sodium ophthalmic

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of prednisolone / sulfacetamide sodium ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Isopto Cetapred.

For the Consumer

Applies to prednisolone / sulfacetamide sodium ophthalmic: ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic solution, ophthalmic suspension

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
  • Eye is bothered by bright light.
  • Very bad and rarely deadly effects have happened with sulfa (sulfonamide) drugs like this one. These effects have included liver problems, blood problems, and very bad skin reactions (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis). Call your doctor right away if you have a rash; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; red or irritated eyes; sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes; fever, chills, or sore throat; cough that is new or worse; feeling very tired or weak; any bruising or bleeding; or signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Eye irritation.
  • Dizziness.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to prednisolone / sulfacetamide sodium ophthalmic: ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic solution, ophthalmic suspension

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity reactions to sodium sulfacetamide have been reported rarely. A case of Stevens Johnson syndrome has been reported in a patient who had previously experienced a bullous drug reaction to an orally administered sulfonamide. A case of local hypersensitivity which progressed to a fatal syndrome resembling systemic lupus erythematosus has also been reported.[Ref]

Ocular

Ocular side effects associated with the prednisolone component have included elevation of intraocular pressure with possible development of glaucoma and infrequent optic nerve damage, posterior subcapsular cataract formation, and delayed wound healing. Corticosteroid-containing preparations have been reported to cause acute anterior uveitis, perforation of the globe, keratitis, conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, mydriasis, conjunctival hyperemia, loss of accommodation, and ptosis. Bacterial, fungal, and viral secondary ocular infections, transient burning and stinging upon instillation, other minor symptoms of ocular irritation, and visual disturbance (blurry vision) have also been reported with the use of ocular corticosteroids.

Local irritation, stinging, and burning have been reported with the use of sodium sulfacetamide.[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Sulamyd Ophthalmic Solution (sodium sulfacetamide ophthalmic)." Schering Corporation, Kenilworth, NJ.

2. "Product Information. Pred Forte (prednisolone ophthalmic)." Allergan Inc, Irvine, CA.

Not all side effects for Isopto Cetapred 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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