Generic drug: loteprednol etabonate

Brand name: Lotemax

What is Lotemax (loteprednol etabonate), and how does it work?

Lotemax Ophthalmic Ointment (loteprednol etabonate) is a corticosteroid indicated for the treatment of post-operative inflammation and pain following ocular (eye) surgery. Lotemax Ophthalmic Ointment is available as a generic named loteprednol etabonate eye drops.

What are the side effects of Lotemax?

Side effects of Lotemax Ophthalmic Ointment include:

What is the dosage for Lotemax?

  • Wash hands prior to using Lotemax  ointment.
  • Apply a small amount (approximately ½ inch ribbon) into the conjunctival sac(s) four times daily beginning 24 hours after surgery and continuing throughout the first 2 weeks of the post-operative period.

What drugs interact with Lotemax?

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Is Lotemax safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?

  • There are no adequate and well-controlled studies with loteprednol etabonate in pregnant women.
  • There are no data on the presence of loteprednol etabonate in human milk, the effects on the breastfed infant, or the effects on milk production.
  • The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered, along with the mother's clinical need for Lotemax (loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic ointment) 0.5% and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed infant from Lotemax.

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Summary

Lotemax Ophthalmic Ointment (loteprednol etabonate) is a corticosteroid indicated for the treatment of post-operative inflammation and pain following ocular (eye) surgery. Side effects of Lotemax Ophthalmic Ointment include minor burning when using the eye drops, feeling that something is in your eye, being more sensitive to light, headache, runny nose, sore throat, dry/red/itchy/watery eyes and elevated intraocular (inside the eye) pressure, which may be associated with optic nerve damage, cataract formation, and herpes simplex

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Medically Reviewed on 3/10/2021
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