What is Alrex used for?
Alrex (loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic suspension) is prescribed to relieve seasonal allergies of the eyes. These include itching, swelling and redness. Alrex is classified as a corticosteroid that reduces inflammation to temporarily treat allergy symptoms.
Your doctor may recommend Alrex to manage conditions other than seasonal allergies. If it is unclear why you are taking Alrex, call your doctor to inform you how it is meant to benefit you. Do not share Alrex with others even if they have similar symptoms. This may not be an effective treatment and can lead to adverse reactions.
Frequently Asked Questions About Alrex (Loteprednol)
Before you begin taking Alrex, and after every refill, carefully read and understand the drug information provided with the product. If the instructions are unclear and if you have any questions, call your doctor or pharmacist as proper use will lead to the best results.
If you wear contact lenses remove them before applying Alrex. Soft contact lenses can absorb the medicine. Wait 15 minutes before putting them back in. Shake the bottle well and wash your hands before using Alrex and do not allow the dropper to touch any surfaces or make contact with your eye.
Your daily dose will depend on your condition and may change depending on the result of treatment. Do not take more medicine than recommended as it will not improve your condition and can least o an increased risk of side effects.
This is not meant to be used permanently. The initial prescription and renewal of the medication order beyond 14 days of treatment need to be fulfilled by your doctor. They may need to examine your eye with the aid of magnification. You should notice a benefit after 2 days of treatment. Prolonged use of corticosteroids medications in the eye can lead to damage of the ocular structures.
Alrex has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. If you experience any signs and symptoms of serious side effects when taking Alrex, talk to your doctor or seek emergency care.
Report side effects with Alrex to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
- increased intraocular pressure
- tightness in the chest
- Burning of the eye
- sensitivity of the eyes to light
- Redness of the eye
- difficulty seeing at night
- discharge from the eye
- pain or irritation of the clear front part of the eye
- redness of the skin
- lid itching and swelling
- dry eyes
- shortness of breath
- loss of vision
- swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
- decreased vision
- eyelid burning, redness, itching, pain, or tenderness
- Blurred vision or seeing blue-green halos around objects
- irritation and swelling of the eye
- feeling like something is in the eye
- troubled breathing or swallowing
- fast heartbeat
- redness of the eyelid
- change in vision
- stiffness or swelling
- Blurred vision
- increased sensitivity of the eyes to light
- pain in the eye
- stinging of the eye
- joint pain
- infections of the eye including mycobacterial infection
The following drugs are known to interact with Alrex. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible drug interactions. It is important to disclose all your current medications, (including prescription medications and herbal products) with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to determine if the interaction is worth the benefit of using both drugs or if your therapeutic plan needs to be changed.
- Aspirin Low Strength
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D3
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. Any prescription drug use needs to be approved by your doctor.
Do not avoid or ignore any advice provided by your physician in favor of what is written here. Always consult with a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medication and seek counselling if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.