Loteprednol eye drops are classified as a corticosteroid and is indicated for the temporary relief of seasonal allergic eye symptoms caused by pollens. Such symptoms include eye redness and itching. The medication works by reducing inflammation in the eye.
Uses and Dosage
Ophthalmic loteprednol is available in the form of a suspension, gel, and ointment for instilling in the eyes. For the treatment of seasonal allergies, loteprednol 0.2% eye drops are usually instilled four times a day in the affected eye(s).
Use loteprednol at the same time each day and follow the prescription label instructions carefully. If any part of the instructions is unclear, consult with a healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Take precautions not to allow the bottle or tube’s tip to come into contact with the eyes, fingers, face, or any surface, as this may contaminate the medication with bacteria, leading to severe eye damage or vision loss. If you suspect contamination, contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
To administer the eye drops, the following steps should be followed:
- Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water.
- Do not allow the dropper tip to touch the eye or any other surface, and ensure that it is kept clean.
- Tilt the head back and pull down the lower lid of the eye using the index finger to form a pocket.
- Hold the dropper as close to the eye as possible without making contact, and brace the remaining fingers against the face.
- Squeeze the dropper gently to instill a single drop in the pocket created by the lower eyelid while looking upwards.
- Remove the index finger from the lower eyelid and keep the eye closed for 2-3 minutes while tilting the head down.
- Apply gentle pressure to the tear duct using a finger.
- Use a tissue to wipe off any excess liquid from the face.
- Wash hands to remove any residual medication.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- burning feeling when the eye drops are instilled
- dry, red, or itchy eyes
- teary eyes
- runny nose
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- blurred vision or vision changes
- eye pain
- sensitivity to light
- eye discharge or crusting
- feeling that something is in the eye
Prior to using loteprednol, inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have an allergy to the medication or any other substances. Inactive components present in the product may cause allergic reactions or other complications.
Before using this medication, disclose your medical history to your healthcare provider or pharmacist, particularly if you have or had eye infections, recent eye surgery, cataracts, glaucoma (open-angle type), severe nearsightedness (myopia), or diabetes.
After applying the medication, temporary blurring of vision may occur. Do not operate machinery, drive or perform any activity that requires clear vision until confident of performing them safely.
In case of a new eye injury, infection, or the need for eye surgery, ask the healthcare provider whether to continue using the current bottle of loteprednol eye drops or to use a new bottle.
During pregnancy, use this medication only when clearly essential. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not yet known whether the medication in this product transfers into breast milk. Consult your healthcare provider before breast-feeding.
Form and Strength
Alrex is available in the following forms and strengths:
Alrex eye drops:
How long can you use Alrex for?
This medication is used for short-term treatment for up to 14 days. Prolonged use of this medication may cause cataracts or glaucoma.
How long does it take for Alrex eye drops to work?
Most patients see relief within 2 days of use.