Lotemax Ointment

Generic Name: Loteprednol

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Lotemax ointment is a medicine used to treat swelling and pain in your eye after eye surgery.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Lotemax ointment works by stopping the release of certain substances in the body that cause swelling, thereby reducing swelling in your eyes.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Lotemax ointment has been shown to reduce pain after eye surgery.

    When: In clinical studies, most people treated with Lotemax ointment were pain free when they were evaluated 8 days after surgery.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may feel an improvement in your eye pain and swelling once you begin using Lotemax ointment. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: inflammation in the middle layer of the eye.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Eye problems, such as glaucoma (high pressure in the eye) or cataracts.

    Eye infections, with symptoms such as worsening pain, redness, itching, or inflammation.

    Delayed healing after cataract surgery.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Lotemax ointment if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Do not use Lotemax ointment if you have an eye infection.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lotemax ointment. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have glaucoma, certain eye infections, or if you plan to have a cataract surgery.

  • What is the usual dosage?

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

    Adults: Apply a small amount (about 1/2 inch ribbon) into your lower eyelid(s) four times a day, starting 24 hours after surgery and continuing throughout the first 2 weeks.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Lotemax ointment exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using Lotemax ointment without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Wash your hands before using Lotemax ointment.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not allow the tip of the bottle to touch your eye or any other surface, as this can contaminate Lotemax ointment.

    Do not wear contact lenses while you are using Lotemax ointment.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Lotemax ointment at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Lotemax ointment during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Lotemax ointment, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.