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PRED FORTE 1%W/V EYE DROPS

Active substance(s): PREDNISOLONE ACETATE

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PRED FORTE®

1% w/v Eye Drops, Suspension
Prednisolone acetate

Package leaflet:
Information for the user
What is in this leaflet:
1. What PRED FORTE is and
what it is used for
2. What you need to know
before you use PRED FORTE
3. How to use PRED FORTE
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store PRED FORTE
6. Contents of the pack and
other information
1. What PRED FORTE is
and what it is used for

It reduces the irritation,
burning, redness and swelling
of eye inflammation caused
by chemicals, heat, radiation,
allergy, or foreign objects in
the eye.

Tell your doctor before
using PRED FORTE, if
you are:
Using or have used other
steroid eye drops, as frequent
or long-term use of steroids
can result in additional side
effects.

Other medicines and
Pred Forte
Tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are using, have recently
used or might use any other
medicine, including medicines
obtained without a prescription.
Pregnancy and
breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be
pregnant or are planning to
have a baby, ask your doctor
or pharmacist for advice before

Driving and using
machines
PRED FORTE may cause
temporary blurred vision. Do
not drive or use machinery until
the symptoms have cleared.
PRED FORTE contains
benzalkonium chloride
Contact lenses
• Do not use the drops while
your contact lenses are in
your eyes. Wait at least 15
minutes after using the eye
drops before putting your
lenses back in your eyes.
• A preservative in PRED
FORTE (benzalkonium
chloride) may cause eye
irritation. PRED FORTE
should not be used whilst soft
contact lenses are in place,
as it may discolour them.

bottle neck is broken before
you first use it.
Apply your eye drops in the
following way:
1.

2.

3.

3. How to use PRED FORTE
Always use this medicine
exactly as your doctor has
told you. Check with your
doctor or pharmacist if you
are not sure.

The recommended dose is
1 or 2 drops into the affected
eye(s) 2 to 4 times a day.
During the first two days of
treatment you may be asked
to apply the drops as often as
every hour.
Instructions for use
You must not use the bottle if
the tamper-proof seal on the

4.

Wash your hands.
Shake the bottle
well before use.
Tilt your head
back and look at
the ceiling.
Gently pull the
lower eyelid down
until there is a
small pocket.

eye or anything else.
Replace and tighten the cap
straight after use.
Wipe off any excess liquid from
your cheek with a clean tissue.

If you use this medicine for more
than 10 days, your doctor may
ask you to have check-ups.
These are to make sure that your
medicine is working properly
and that the dose you are taking
is right for you. Your doctor will
check your eyes for:
Turn over

Turn the bottle
upside down
and squeeze it
to release one
or two drops into
each eye that
needs treatment.
Let go of the
lower lid, and
close your eye.
Press your finger
against the
corner of your eye
(the side where
your eye meets
your nose) for
one minute.

If a drop misses your eye,
try again.

To avoid eye injury and
contamination, do not let the
tip of the dropper touch your

PRED FORTE®

Do not use PRED FORTE
■■ If you are allergic to
prednisolone acetate,
benzalkonium chloride or
any of the other ingredients
of this medicine (listed in
section 6)
■■ If you suffer from viral, fungal
or bacterial eye infections
■■ If you suffer from tuberculosis
of the eye
■■ If you have injuries to or
ulcers on the cornea

Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor before
using PRED FORTE if you
suffer from, or have in the past
suffered from:
■■ Eye ulcers or have had a
disease or treatment to the
eye that caused the tissue
to become thin
■■ You have glaucoma or are
being treated for raised
pressure within the eye
■■ You have had surgery for
cataracts
■■ Bacterial, viral or fungal eye
infections

taking this medicine as steroids
may be harmful to the baby.

1% w/v Eye Drops, Suspension
Prednisolone acetate

2. What you need to
know before you use
PRED FORTE

If you have previously had
herpes simplex

Package leaflet:
Information for the user

PRED FORTE belongs to a
group of medicines known as
steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs. PRED FORTE is used
in adults for the short-term
treatment of eye inflammation.

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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine
because it contains important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others.
It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.

• an increase in pressure
• cataracts
• infection

The proper application of your
eye drops is very important. If
you have any questions ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
If you use more PRED
FORTE than you should
Putting too many drops in
your eye(s) is unlikely to lead
to unwanted side effects. If
you have placed too many
drops in your eye(s), wash
your eye(s) with clean water.
Apply your next dose at the
normal time.

If, by accident, anyone drinks
this medicine, contact your
doctor straight away.

If you forget to use
PRED FORTE
If you forget a dose apply it as
soon as you remember, unless
it is almost time for your next
dose, in which case you should
miss out the forgotten dose.
Then apply your next dose as
usual and continue with your
normal routine.
Do not take a double dose to
make up for a forgotten dose.

If you stop using
PRED FORTE
PRED FORTE should be used
as advised by your doctor. Do
not stop using PRED FORTE
until your doctor has told you to.
If you have any further questions
on the use of this medicine, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible Side Effects
Like all medicines, this
medicine can cause side
effects, although not
everybody gets them.

You should see your
doctor immediately if you
experience:
■■ ulcers on the surface
of the eye
■■ severe pain in the eye

You should see your doctor
if any of the following
effects prove troublesome
or if they are long-lasting:
■■ allergic reaction
■■ headache
■■ increased pressure
within the eye
■■ centre of the eye becomes
cloudy (cataracts)
■■ a feeling that something is
in your eye

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eye infections (bacterial,
fungal or viral)
mild stinging or irritation
red eye
blurred or poor vision
pupil dilation
change in sense of taste
rash or itching

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk
to your doctor or pharmacist.
This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this
leaflet. You can also report
side effects directly via:
Yellow Card Scheme
Website:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard

By reporting side effects you can
help provide more information
on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store PRED FORTE
Keep this medicine out of the
sight and reach of children.
Discard the bottle 28 days
after opening, even if there is
solution remaining.

Do not use this medicine after
the expiry date which is stated
on the bottle label and the
bottom of the carton after EXP.
The expiry date refers to the
last day of that month for an
unopened bottle.
Do not store above 25°C (room
temperature). Do not freeze.
Do not use this medicine if
you notice the tamper-proof
seal is broken.

Do not throw away any
medicines via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to throw away
medicines you no longer use.
These measures will help
protect the environment.

6. Contents of the pack and
other information

What PRED FORTE contains
• The active substance is
Prednisolone acetate 1.0% w/v.
• The other ingredients are
benzalkonium chloride,
disodium edetate,
hydroxypropylmethylcellulose,
polysorbate 80, boric acid,
sodium citrate, sodium
chloride and purified water.

What PRED FORTE looks like
and contents of the pack
PRED FORTE is a sterile eye drop
suspension in a plastic bottle.
Each carton contains 1 plastic
bottle with a screw cap. Each
bottle is about half full and
contains 5 ml or 10 ml of the
eye drops as written on the front
of the carton.

If you would like further
information, please contact
Medical Information
at Allergan Ltd. Tel:
01628 494026 or Email:
uk_medinfo@allergan.com
Manufacturer
Allergan
Pharmaceuticals Ireland
Westport
Co Mayo
Ireland

This leaflet was last revised in
October 2014.

Marketing
Authorisation Holder
Allergan Limited
Marlow International
The Parkway
Marlow
Bucks, SL7 1YL

72064MD018G

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information: Prednisolone 1% reference
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provided by the Royal National Institute of
Blind People.
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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