What is Lotemax (Loteprednol Etabonate) Ophthalmic Ointment used for?
Lotemax Ointment is used to reduce eye inflammation and eye pain after cataract surgery and to treat diseases of the cornea. It is a corticosteroid medication that reduces Itching, swelling, infection of the eye and redness experienced during postoperative recovery.
Your doctor may prescribe this for other conditions. If it is unclear why you are taking this medication contact your doctor or clarification.
Frequently Asked Questions About Lotemax Ointment
When your doctor prescribes this medication they should go over its use and potential side effects for the initial prescription and renewals. The manufacturer also provides a patient information leaflet for reference. Most people take 1-2 drops in the affected eye 4 times daily.
If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying your dose and keep them off for 15 minutes after your dose. Soft contact lenses may absorb the medication. Always wash your hands prior to using it to avoid contamination. Do not let the tip of the tube touch the eye, fingers or other surfaces as well.
If you are taking other medications wait 15 minutes between doses to make sure they do not interact or interfere. If you miss a dose, skip it and take your next one on schedule. Do not take an extra dose hoping to replace the missed one. Taking too much medication does not improve treatment and can lead to more severe or frequent side effects.
Do not share this medication with friends and family even if they have similar symptoms. This may not be an effective treatment and may cause adverse side effects without the benefit of treatment.
Do not stop taking Lotemax Ointment once your symptoms improve. They may return if untreated. Your doctor will instruct you when your therapeutic regiment is over.
Prolonged use of corticosteroids can result in Glaucoma and reduced visual acuity and fields of vision. Stop taking Lotemax when advised by your doctor.
Lotemax has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. Report side effects to your doctor or pharmacist if they are severe or you need help managing them.
- loss of vision
- feeling of something in the eye
- eye discomfort, irritation, or pain
- Blurred vision or other change in vision
- redness of the eyelid or inner lining of the eyelid
- dry eyes
- discharge from the eye
- tiny bumps on the inner lining of the eyelid
- Burning feeling when medicine is applied
- Decreased vision
- swelling of the membrane covering the white part of the eye
- sensitivity of the eyes to light
- runny nose
- gradual blurring or loss of vision
- sore throat
- redness or swelling of the eye
- slow wound healing
- thinning of the cornea
It is important to disclose all your current medications with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to make a decision if the interaction is worth the benefit of using either drug or if your therapeutic regime needs to be changed. Your doctor or pharmacist can advise you if anything you take interacts with Lotemax
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended to provide basic information on this medication 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.