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lotemax (loteprednol) eye drops question? ok if scratch?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Gently: I assume that you are receiving Lotemax (loteprednol) for some allergic type conditon of your eyes which causes itching. Scratching is ok if done gently despite the presence of lotemax (loteprednol). Cool soaks can also help. If the goal is to limit the allergic reaction, then the Lotemax (loteprednol) should diminish your need to scratch.

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A 52-year-old member asked:

What are the risks of using lotemax (loteprednol) eye drops?

12 doctor answers25 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Perkins
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Elevate eye pressure: Although this topical steroid drop was designed to reduce the side effect of elevated intraocular pressure it is still possible . Also long term and frequent use may increase the risk of development of cataracts.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can I take alrex (loteprednol) eye drops w/ contacts?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Yes: The concentration of steroid in alex is very low, will not precipitate on the lens nor shorten the lens life, nor should it cause any problems with the eyes under the lens in the concentration found in alrex (loteprednol).
A 30-year-old member asked:

And I am currently on lotemax (loteprednol) eye drops. Any side effects to the eyes?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
A few: Lotemax (loteprednol) is a steroid of intermediate potency which has a lowered incidence of the major side effect of topical steroids for the eye which is elevation of eye pressure. It is very useful for topical and internal inflammation and is usually comfortable. Your ophthalmologist can check for eye pressure if you are on this long term for the unlikely elevation of eye pressure.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are some over-the-counter eye drops like alrex (loteprednol)?

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Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
None: Alrex (loteprednol) is a steroid. No steroid is available over the counter as you should be following up with an eye doctor when using them. Alrex (loteprednol) is most commonly used for allergies. There are other allergy medications available over the counter (alaway, zaditor) but they do not work the same way as alrex (loteprednol).
A 29-year-old member asked:

Are there eye drops as effective as lotemax, (loteprednol) but are not prescription?

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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
NO: There are no non prescription steroid containing eyedrops. There is a non steroidal antihistamine type drop, ketotifen generic, that is available without a prescription, but that does not work the same way as a steroid drop. If you need a steroid eyedrop to treat your condition then you should be under the care of an eyemd or othe recp that can test you and manage steroid complications.

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