What is Lotemax Suspension?Lotemax suspension is an eye drop medicine used to treat swelling and inflammation of the eye due to certain allergies, bacteria, or viruses. Lotemax is also used to treat inflammation of the eye following eye surgery.
What is the most important information I should know about Lotemax Suspension?If you use Lotemax suspension for a long period of time, it can cause glaucoma (high pressure in the eye) with damage to your optic nerve (the nerve that connects the eye to the brain) and a decrease in your visual clarity. It can also hide or worsen certain bacterial, fungal, or viral infections of your eyes.
Lotemax suspension can cause cataracts (clouding of the eye's lens). If you use Lotemax suspension for 10 days or more, your doctor may monitor the pressure in your eyes regularly.
If Lotemax suspension is used after cataract surgery, it may delay healing and increase the risk of bleb formation (a small blister or pustule).
Tell your doctor immediately if your signs and symptoms do not improve after 2 days, or if your pain, redness, itching, or inflammation gets worse.
Lotemax suspension is for use in your eyes only.
Who should not take Lotemax Suspension?Do not use Lotemax suspension if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, to similar products, or if you have certain bacterial, fungal, or viral infections in your eyes.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Lotemax Suspension?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lotemax suspension. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of herpes simplex, have an eye infection, a history of glaucoma or cataracts, or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
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.
Inflammation due to Allergies, Bacterias, or Viruses
Adults: Apply 1-2 drops inside the lower eyelid of the affected eye(s) 4 times a day. Your doctor may prescribe you a higher dose during the first week of treatment if needed.
Inflammation After Eye Surgery
Adults: Apply 1-2 drops inside the lower eyelid of the operated eye(s) 4 times a day, beginning 24 hours after surgery and continue for the first 2 weeks after surgery.
How should I take Lotemax Suspension?Apply Lotemax suspension exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not apply extra doses or apply more often without asking your doctor.
Shake the Lotemax suspension well before using.
What should I avoid while taking Lotemax Suspension?Do not wear contact lenses while on Lotemax suspension therapy.
Do not touch your eyelid or surrounding areas with the dropper tip, as this can contaminate Lotemax suspension.
Do not use if the neckband imprinted with "Protective Seal" and yellow is not intact.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Lotemax Suspension?No significant interactions have been reported with Lotemax suspension at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
What are the possible side effects of Lotemax Suspension?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: abnormal vision/blurring, bleb formation, burning, cataracts, discharge, dry eyes, eye discomfort, eye infections, eye pain, eye and eyelid swelling, foreign body sensation, glaucoma, headache, increased blood flow in your eyes, irritation, itching, rhinitis (inflammation of the lining of the nose), sensitivity to light
Can I receive Lotemax Suspension if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Lotemax suspension during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. 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 Lotemax Suspension?If you miss a dose of Lotemax suspension, 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 Lotemax Suspension?Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.