Generic Name: Loteprednol

  • What is Alrex?

    Alrex is used for the temporary relief of signs and symptoms associated with seasonal allergies (allergic conjunctivitis).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Alrex?

    If signs and symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis do not improve after 2 days, consult with your doctor for further directions.

    Do not use Alrex more often or for a longer period of time than your doctor instructs. Overuse can increase the risk of side effects and lead to eye damage.

    Do not use Alrex for more than 14 days, unless directed by your doctor.

    If you wear soft contact lenses and your eye is not red, you should wait 10 minutes after using Alrex before you reinsert your lenses, because the preservative in Alrex may be absorbed by soft contact lenses.

  • Who should not take Alrex?

    Anyone allergic to Alrex or its ingredients should not take this drug. Anyone with viral, bacterial, or fungal infections of the eyes should not take Alrex.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Alrex?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Alrex. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is important to notify your doctor about previous eye infections, antibiotic use, history of glaucoma, and diabetes.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual dosage is one drop in the affected eye(s) four times daily.

  • How should I take Alrex?

    Before using Alrex, wash your hands thoroughly. Shake the medication vigorously before using. Remove the cap and position yourself with your head tilted back. Gently pull your lower eyelid with your index finger and place a drop in your eye without touching the eye or eyelid. Blink a few times and remove the excess medication with a clean tissue. Repeat the process for the other eye and wash your hands.

  • What should I avoid while taking Alrex?

    Avoid wearing contact lenses if your eye is red. Alrex should not be used to treat irritation related to contact lenses.

    To avoid contaminating the medication, do not allow the tip of the applicator to touch your eye, finger, or any other surface.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Alrex?

    If Alrex is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining Alrex with any other medication.

  • What are the possible side effects of Alrex?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: blurred or abnormal vision, burning of the eyes, dry eyes, discharge from the eyes, excessive tear production, itching of the eyes, sensitivity to light

  • Can I receive Alrex if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Taking Alrex during pregnancy may cause harm to your baby. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Alrex?

    If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip it and resume your scheduled dose. Do not double your dose.

  • How should I store Alrex?

    Store upright at room temperature. Do not freeze.

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