Loteprednol is used in the treatment of inflammatory and allergic conditions of the superficial layers of the eye, such as allergic conjunctivitis (allergic itching and redness of the whites of the eye, with tearing), conjunctivitis that occurs as part of acne rosacea (persistent redness over the areas of the face and nose), superficial punctate keratitis (inflammation of cornea), iritis (Inflammation of the interior eye structures), cyclitis (inflammation of cilliary body of the eye). It is also used in the treatment of postoperative inflammation of the eye after the eye surgery.
How it works
Loteprednol belongs to a class of medication called as ophthalmic corticost**d. The exact mechanism of action is not known. They are thought to induce certain proteins (phospholipase A 2 inhibitory proteins) which inhibit the formation of other compounds like prostaglandin and leukotrienes which promote inflammation. As a result, the redness, swelling, and itching is relieved at the site of administration.
Common side effects
headache., burning sensation after drug administration, dry eye, overflow of tears on face, eye irritation, itching, sensation of foreign body in the eye, Corneal defect, discharge from eyes, redness and congestion of conjunctiva
Do not start or continue loteprednol if you have increased pressure inside the eyes that cause visual problem (glaucoma), pain, redness, itching or inflammation in eyes, or after a recent cataract surgery.
Avoid using for more than 10 days.
Avoid wearing contact lenses.
Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Can loteprednol be used during pregnancy?
Loteprednol should only be used if the potential benefits justify the potential risk to the baby. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
Q. Can loteprednol be used during breastfeeding?
Loteprednol is not safe for the baby and should not be used by women who are breastfeeding.
Q. What is loteprednol/loteprednol etabonate?
Loteprednol is a corticost**d available as an eye drop that reduces inflammation of superficial structures of the eye.
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