Loteprednol is indicated for the treatment of specific ocular conditions resulting from inflammation or injury, as well as for post-operative ocular therapy. Loteprednol exerts its therapeutic effects by mitigating the symptoms of inflammation, including edema, erythema, and pruritus. This medication belongs to the category of pharmaceuticals referred to as corticosteroids.
Uses and Dosage
Refrain from wearing contact lenses while using this medication, unless specifically instructed otherwise by your doctor. Prior to resuming use of your contact lenses, sterilize them according to the manufacturer’s instructions and consult with your doctor.
If you are using other eye medications, such as drops or ointments, wait at least 5 to 10 minutes before applying any other medications. In order to allow the drops to fully penetrate the eye, use eye drops before using ointments.
To derive maximum benefit from this medication, it should be used regularly at the same time(s) each day. The dosage and duration of treatment will be determined based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not exceed the prescribed dosage or duration of use, as doing so may increase the likelihood of adverse effects.
Continue using this medication for the entire prescribed period, and to avoid discontinuing its use without consulting your doctor. The sudden discontinuation of some medications can worsen certain conditions. Your doctor may need to gradually reduce your dosage.
Do not use this medication if it appears to be contaminated (e.g., if the drops have changed color). Use of contaminated eye medication can result in infection, severe damage to the eye, and even loss of vision.
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, disclose to your doctor or pharmacist any known allergies to the medication or other substances. This product may include inactive ingredients, which can trigger allergic reactions or other complications.
Before using this medication, inform your doctor or pharmacist of your medical history, particularly if you have had any eye infections, cataracts, open-angle glaucoma, severe nearsightedness (myopia), or diabetes.
Following the administration of this medication, your vision may become momentarily blurred. Refrain from driving, operating machinery, or engaging in any activity that necessitates clear vision until it is safe to do so.
In the event of a new eye injury or infection or the requirement for eye surgery, consult your doctor on whether to continue using the current bottle of loteprednol eye drops or to initiate a new one.
During pregnancy, utilize this medication only if it is clearly necessary. Please consult with your doctor to weigh the potential risks and benefits.
It is unknown whether the ingredients in this product are transmitted into breast milk. Please consult with your doctor before breastfeeding.
Form and Strength
Lotemax is available in the following forms and strengths:
Lotemax eye drop:
loteprednol eye drop:
How long does it take for Lotemax to start working?
This medication should start to work right away.
How long should you use Lotemax eye drops?
You should not use Lotemax longer than 10 days without having the pressure in your eye checked by your doctor. Long-term use of Lotemax or other eye drops that contain steroids, may result in glaucoma or raised pressure in the eye, which can cause damage to the optic nerve, problems with vision, and cataracts.