What is Poly-Pred?Poly-Pred is an eye drop medicine that is used to treat inflammation of the eye and also to prevent and treat bacterial eye infections. Poly-Pred contains two medicines: a corticosteroid (prednisolone) and antibiotics (neomycin/polymyxin B).
What is the most important information I should know about Poly-Pred?Prolonged use of Poly-Pred can lead to glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), visual disturbances, cataracts, inflammation of your eye, or new eye infections.
Your doctor will monitor the pressure in your eyes if you use Poly-Pred for 10 days or longer.
Some people who take Poly-Pred can develop an allergic skin reaction to the neomycin component of this medicine. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor immediately if you experience itching, reddening, or swelling of your eye or eyelid.
The infection can be resistant to the effects of Poly-Pred. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor if you develop purulent discharge, inflammation, or worsening pain.
Stop using Poly-Pred and tell your doctor if you have pain or inflammation of your eye that lasts longer than 48 hours or worsens.
Who should not take Poly-Pred?Do not use Poly-Pred if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, or if you have a fungal or viral eye infection. Also, do not use Poly-Pred after removal of a foreign body from your cornea (the clear tissue over the pupil of the eye).
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Poly-Pred?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Poly-Pred. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have dry eyes, glaucoma, cataract surgery, or any other eye infection.
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: Apply 1-2 drops into the affected eye(s) every 3-4 hours. Your doctor will adjust the dosing frequency as needed.
How should I take Poly-Pred?Apply Poly-Pred exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Shake the Poly-Pred suspension well before use. Do not abruptly stop using Poly-Pred without consulting your doctor. Keep this bottle tightly closed when you are not using it.
To treat your eyelids, apply the eye drops into your eye, close your eye, and rub the excess on the lids and lid margins.
What should I avoid while taking Poly-Pred?Do not touch the dropper tip of the bottle to your eyelids or any other surface, as this can contaminate Poly-Pred.
Do not wear contact lenses if you have signs and symptoms of an eye infection.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Poly-Pred?No significant interactions have been reported with Poly-Pred 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 Poly-Pred?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: cataracts, delayed wound healing, eye infection, eye redness, glaucoma, itching, swelling, vision problems
Can I receive Poly-Pred if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Poly-Pred during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Poly-Pred can be found in your breast milk if you use it while breastfeeding. 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 Poly-Pred?If you miss a dose of Poly-Pred, 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 Poly-Pred?Store upright at room temperature. Protect from freezing.