FML LIQUIFILM OPHTHALMIC 1MG/ML EYE DROPS SUSPENSION
Active substance(s): FLUOROMETHOLONE
safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE FML
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Once you have opened the bottle do not use it longer than 28 days,
even if there is solution remaining. To help you remember, write down the
date you opened it in the space provided on the carton.
Do not store above 25°C. Do not freeze.
Do not use FML if you notice that the tamper-proof seal is broken.
Keep the container tightly closed to prevent contamination.
Do not use the FML after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and
bottle label after 'Exp'. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
If the eye drops become discoloured or show any signs of deterioration, you
seek the advice of your pharmacist.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These
measures will help to protect the environment.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What FML contains
The active ingredient in FML is fluorometholone.
Each 1ml contains 1mg fluorometholone as the active substance.
The other ingredients are polyvinyl alcohol 14mg/ml, benzalkonium chloride,
disodium edetate, sodium chloride, sodium phosphate monobasic, sodium
phosphate dibasic, polysorbate 80, sodium hydroxide and purified water.
What FML looks like and contents of the pack
FML is a white suspension supplied in a plastic dropper bottle with
a screw cap, applicator tip and a tamper evident seal.
The bottle contains 5ml of suspension.
Manufactured by: Allergan Pharmaceuticals Ireland, Castlebar Road,
Westport. Co. Mayo, Ireland.
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by the Product Licence
holder: B&S Healthcare, Unit 4, Bradfield Road, Ruislip, Middlesex,
HA4 0NU, UK.
FML® Liquifilm® Ophthalmic 1mg/ml Eye Drops, Suspension;
Leaflet date: 20.04.2017
FML is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.
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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
FML® Liquifilm® Ophthalmic 1mg/ml Eye Drops,
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have further questions, please ask your doctor or your pharmacist.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others.
It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
- If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
The name of your medicine is FML Liquifilm Ophthalmic 1mg/ml eye drops,
suspension but will be referred to as FML throughout this leaflet.
In this leaflet:
1. What FML is and what it is used for
2. Before you use FML
3. How to use FML
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store FML
6. Further information
1. WHAT FML IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
FML is an eye drop. It contains a steroid which is used to treat inflammation
of the eye.
2. BEFORE YOU USE FML
Do not use FML
if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to fluorometholone, benzalkonium
chloride, or any of the other ingredients of FML.
if you have a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection of the eye.
Take special care with FML
You should not use FML for more than one week unless your doctor or eye
specialist advises it.
Prolonged use may cause the pressure inside your eye (intraocular
pressure) to increase, which could lead to glaucoma, rare damage to the
optic nerve, lack of clearness of vision, cataracts, delay in wound healing, or
the development of an eye infection. The pressure in your eye will be
If you have or have been previously treated for herpes simplex, use FML
only under close supervision of your doctor.
The use of the bottle by more than one person may spread infection.
Using other medicines
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Some medicines may increase the effects of FML and your doctor may wish
to monitor you carefully if you are taking these medicines (including some
medicines for HIV: ritonavir, cobicistat).
If you are using other eye drops, leave at least 5 minutes before putting in
The safety and effectiveness in children aged 2 years or less have not been
Pregnancy and breast feeding
Tell your doctor before you start using FML if you are pregnant or planning
to become pregnant or if you are breast feeding. Your doctor will decide if
you should use FML during pregnancy or whilst breast feeding. Normally it is
not recommended for use.
Driving and using machines
FML can cause temporary blurred vision. Should this occur, wait for the
blurring to clear before driving or operating machinery or taking part in any
activity where this could put yourself or others at risk.
Important information about some of the ingredients of FML
FML contains benzalkonium chloride as a preservative, which is known to
discolour soft contact lenses and can cause eye irritation. If you wear soft
contact lenses you must remove them before using FML eye drops and wait
at least 15 minutes before putting your lenses back in.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
3. HOW TO USE FML
Always use FML exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with
your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The usual dose is 1 or 2 drops of FML in each eye that needs treatment 2 to
4 times a day, or more frequently if your doctor advises it. During the first
24 - 48 hours of treatment your doctor may advise you to apply 2 drops at
one hour intervals.
Treatment should not be withdrawn too early.
Instructions for use
You must not use the bottle if the seal on the bottle neck is broken before
you first use it.
Shake the bottle before use. Wash your hands before opening the bottle.
Use your eye drops in the following way:
1. Tilt your head back and look at the ceiling.
2. Gently pull down the lower eyelid until there is a small pocket.
3. Turn the bottle upside down and gently squeeze it to release 1 or 2
drops into the eye.
4. Let go of the lower lid, and close your eye for 30 seconds.
5. Repeat steps 2 to 4 for the other eye, if it also needs treatment.
If a drop misses your eye, try again.
To keep the eye drops free from contamination and avoid eye injury, do not
let the tip of the bottle touch your eye or anything else. Put the cap back on
and close the bottle tightly straight after use. Wipe off any excess liquid from
your cheek with a clean tissue.
If you use more FML than you should
If you use more drops of FML than you should, it is unlikely to cause you any
harm. If you have placed too many drops in your eye(s), wash your eyes
with clean water. Put your next dose in at the usual time.
If you drink FML by accident
If anyone drinks FML by accident, it is unlikely to cause any harm. The
affected person should drink fluids to dilute.
If you forget to use FML
If you forget a dose, use FML as soon as you remember, unless it is almost
time for your next dose. Then use your next dose at the usual time. Do not
take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop using FML
To work properly FML should be used as advised by your doctor or
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, FML can have side effects, although not everybody gets
them. The following side effects are known to occur but their frequency can
vary, as shown.
If you experience swallowing or breathing difficulties, swelling of your lips,
face, throat or tongue contact your doctor or go to the hospital immediately
as this could be a sign of a serious allergic reaction. The frequency of an
allergic reaction is not known.
Affecting the eye
Frequency - Common (affecting up to 1 in 10 patients):
Increased pressure inside your eye
Frequency not known:
Cataract (a loss of transparency of the lens of the eye with partial or
complete loss of vision)
Redness of the eye
Itching of the eye
A feeling that something is in your eye
Difficulty in seeing clearly
Swelling of the eyelid or eye
Excessive dilatation of the pupil
Excessive tear production
Ulcer(s) on the surface of the eye
Small breaks in the surface of the eye
Visual field defects
Secondary infections (including bacterial, fungal and viral infections)
Affecting the body
Frequency not known:
Rash, abnormal sense of taste, allergic reactions (hypersensitivity)
Other side effects reported with eye drops containing phosphates
In very rare cases, some patients with severe damage to the clear layer at
the front of the eye (the cornea) have developed cloudy patches on the
cornea due to calcium build-up during treatment.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: