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.
How long can you safely use Lotemax?
Use loteprednol (Lotemax) for up to two weeks if treating dry eye disease or to help recover after eye surgery. For certain eye inflammation conditions, you may need to use it for much longer; for example, in the clinical studies for giant papillary conjunctivitis, people took loteprednol (Lotemax) for six weeks.
How often can you use Lotemax eye drops?
Lotemax® SM: Adults—Apply one drop into the affected eye 3 times a day, beginning 24 hours after surgery and for 2 weeks after.
How long should you use steroid eye drops for?
Prednisolone eye drops are only meant to be used for a short period of time. Do not use them for longer than one week unless your doctor advises you otherwise.
Can you stop taking Lotemax?
Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased. Do not use this product if it becomes contaminated (for example, drops turn a dark color).
What are the side effects of Lotemax eye drops?
COMMON side effects
- visual sensitivity to light.
- an increased amount of blood in the lining of the eye called conjunctival hyperemia.
- dry eye.
- excessive watery eyes.
- eye pain.
- eye itching.
- throat irritation.
- a stuffy and runny nose.
Can Lotemax raise eye pressure?
Although Lotemax has a reduced propensity to increase intraocular pressure, patients should still be monitored for intraocular pressure increases when on Lotemax. Lotemax must be shaken well prior to instilling the drops in the eyes. It is available only by prescription and there is no generic available.
How long should I use lotemax gel?
The usual dose of loteprednol ophthalmic gel is 1 to 2 drops into the conjunctival sac (the gap between the eyeball and the eyelid) of the operated eye(s) 4 times daily, starting 24 hours after surgery and continuing for 2 weeks after surgery. This medication should start to work right away.
Do you shake lotemax?
Yes—you need to vigorously shake the bottle before using in order to get a consistent dose. Many people do not remember to shake the before using, which can limit the effectiveness of the drops.
Is lotemax eye drops supposed to be thick?
You have prescribed a medicine known as Lotemax (Loteprednol), which comes as a gel drop or as an ointment. The gel drop is a thick drop, so wait a few seconds after instilation before blinking. Then after several blinks, the brief blur will clear. No shaking of the bottle is required.
What happens if you stop steroid eye drops suddenly?
Care has to be taken to reduce steroid eye drops gradually over time. If they are stopped abruptly, there may be rebound inflammation. (vii) Steroid eye drops may contain significant active ingredient. Systemic effects have long been recognised especially with chronic use or when body mass is low.
Can steroid drops damage eyes?
Anti-inflammatory steroids can affect your eyes and vision in different ways. As a general rule, the longer you take them or the higher the dose, the more likely side effects can occur. The most concerning potential side effects of the eyes can be glaucoma and cataracts.
Are steroid eye drops harmful?
If you go longer, the side effects include causing the pressure of the eye to go up, which can cause glaucoma damage. And it has a cumulative effect so over a period of months it can even cause cataracts.
Can lotemax make you gain weight?
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people): General side effects: migraine, taste change, sensation of vertigo, numbness, chills, fever and pain, cough, urinary tract infection or inflammation, urticaria, rash, dry skin, eczema, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, weight gain.
Why is lotemax so expensive?
“The variation in cost to the patient of Lotemax Gel is entirely due to differences in managed care plans. We find that most patients have coverage for the product with broad coverage for commercial and Medicare patients.
Does lotemax have cortisone?
What Is Lotemax? Lotemax (loteprednol etabonate) Ophthalmic Suspension is a corticosteroid used to treat eye swelling caused by surgery, infection, allergies, and other conditions.