Pred Forte

Generic Name: Prednisolone

  • What is Pred Forte?

    Pred Forte is in a class of drugs called corticosteroids. It is used to treat redness, irritation, and swelling due to inflammation of the eye.

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

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

    If your eye inflammation or pain lasts longer than 48 hours or becomes worse, stop using Pred Forte and call your doctor.

    If your eye problems return, do not use any leftover Pred Forte without first consulting your doctor.

    Using Pred Forte after cataract surgery may delay healing. Speak with your doctor before going in for the surgery.

  • Who should not take Pred Forte?

    You should not take Pred Forte if you have herpes or other viral diseases of the eye, or certain bacterial or fungal diseases of the eye.

    Do not use Pred Forte if you are allergic to prednisolone or other steroids.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Pred Forte. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have cataracts, or have had viral, bacterial, or fungal diseases of the eye.

  • 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: Put one or two drops under the eyelid two to four times daily. During the first 24-48 hours, your doctor may want you to use more frequent doses.

  • How should I take Pred Forte?

    Use Pred Forte exactly as directed by your doctor. To administer Pred Forte, wash your hands thoroughly. Shake the medication well before using. Gently pull your lower eyelid down to form a pocket between your eye and eyelid. Hold the eyedrop bottle on the bridge of your nose or on your forehead. Do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including your eye. Tilt your head back and squeeze Pred Forte into your eye. Close your eyes gently. Keep them closed for 1-2 minutes. Do not rinse the dropper. Wait 5-10 minutes before using a second eye medication.

  • What should I avoid while taking Pred Forte?

    Pred Forte may increase the chance of infection from contact lenses. Your doctor may advise you to stop wearing your contacts while using Pred Forte.

    Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Pred Forte?

    If Pred Forte is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Pred Forte with oral steroid medications such as prednisone, methylprednisolone, and others.

  • What are the possible side effects of Pred Forte?

    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: allergic reactions, blurred vision, burning/stinging, cataract formation, delayed wound healing, drooping eyelid, increased pressure inside the eyeball, inflamed eyes, secondary infection

  • Can I receive Pred Forte if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Pred Forte 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 Pred Forte?

    Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one as directed. Do not use two doses at once.

  • How should I store Pred Forte?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from freezing.

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