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Lotemax Side Effects

Generic Name: loteprednol ophthalmic

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

For the Consumer

Applies to loteprednol ophthalmic: ophthalmic gel/jelly, ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic suspension

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

Major Side Effects

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking loteprednol ophthalmic:

More common:
  • 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
Less common:
  • 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:
  • Blindness
  • delayed wound healing
  • loss of vision
  • nausea or vomiting

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with loteprednol 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:

More common:
  • Burning when medicine is applied
  • dry eyes
  • feeling of something in the eye
  • headache
  • itching
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • tearing or watery eye

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to loteprednol ophthalmic: ophthalmic gel, ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic suspension


The most common reported side effects were anterior chamber inflammation, eye pain, and foreign body sensation.[Ref]


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
Frequency not reported: Elevated intraocular pressure, optic nerve damage, visual acuity and field defects, posterior subcapsular cataract formation[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Urticaria, rash, dry skin, eczema[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Urinary tract infection, urethritis[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Weight gain[Ref]

Nervous system

Rare (less than 0.1%): Migraine, taste perversion, dizziness, paresthesia, tinnitus[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]


1. "Product Information. Alrex (loteprednol ophthalmic)." Bausch and Lomb, Tampa, FL.

2. "Product Information. Lotemax (loteprednol ophthalmic)." Bausch and Lomb, Tampa, FL.

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

Not all side effects for Lotemax 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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