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Alrex Eye Drop
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). ...Read more
Strength: Lotemax is standard dose steroid in concentration. Alrex is 1/10 dilution of standard steroid. Your ophthalmologist can evaluate your condition and determine which is the safest and best for whatever condition you are treating. ...Read more
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). ...Read more
Very little: Alrex (loteprednol) is a steroid. A small quantity of this taken orally is unlikely to be harmful. ...Read more
Can one build up a tolerance to either Alrex (loteprednol) and Pred Forte eye drops over time, decreasing their effectiveness?
Probably not: Alrex (loteprednol) is extremely weak and you would not be likely to notice the difference. Pred Forte has a good deal of anti-inflammatory strength but is a cognate of a natural hormone so you would not lose response. The condition you are treating might get more severe however which you would interpret as the drop losing effectiveness. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
It is best to check with your doctor to determine the best course of treatment. Pink eye in this age group is usually treated with topical antibiotics applied to the eye. If the eye is swollen or painful referral to an ophthalmologist will be made by your doctor.
It is important to have the eye checked and to also rule out any corneal abrasions (scratches to the eye). ...Read more
I did lasik 1 week ago everything was ok until yesterday I feel like in my left eye there is a eyelash can a lotemax (loteprednol) eye drops cause that feeling?
Not as likely: Since your LASIK procedure is recent, the incision is still healing. A sensation that there is something in the eye may be superficially related to dryness or medication, but may also be due to the LASIK flap edge. I recommend calling your LASIK surgeon to discuss what you should do. He will likely see you and carefully determine the cause of your symptoms. In the meantime, use nonpreserved tears. ...Read more
Using Loteprednol etabonate and tobramycin eye drops. There was no inflammation in first week but now feel little inflammation with eye drops. Reson?
Dr found dry eyes. Gave Systane Ultra (UD). Are these artificial tears? Dr also gave me Hypromellose Gel 0.03%. Why no Restasis or Lotemax (loteprednol) eye drops?
Yes----first level: Systane is brand of artificial tear, and there are many different brands. Artificial tear Gels are artificial tears as well, but thicker. Not every doctor treats the same way. My first line of treatment for dry eyes is artificial tears and warm compresses. If no improvement, I add restasis and other things afterward. ...Read more
Clarify: The medication name you provided is incorrect. You may be referring to Lotemax™ which is a steroidal anti inflammatory ocular agent. It is Prescribed for a variety of inflammatory diseases/conditions of the eye. Please clarify exactly the correct name to confirm. ...Read more
N-acetylcarnosine: N-acetylcarnosine eye drops have been proposed as a treatment to reverse cataracts. Russian investigators have published studies purporting it's effectiveness. Unfortunately, their studies are considered biased and the positive effects reported have not been confirmed by other investigators. ...Read more
Eye pressure drop: This is a combination product of two generally effective agents that lower eye pressure. It is now available in a generic form. Your ophthalmologist (you are seeing a real doctor - an md?) prescribed this to treat your glaucoma and hopefully it is having the desired effect. ...Read more
Serum tears: There are many otc and rx drops that work best for different sources of dry eye (as mentioned in the other answers). One of the best, though, is for severe dry eyes to make tears from your own serum. Blood is drawn, allowed to clot, centrifuged, diluted with saline, and given back to the patient. In cases that do not respond to the available treatments, this option should be discussed with md. ...Read more
Medications: Several classes of medications are prescribed for treating glaucoma. These include: prostaglandin analogues, alpha adrenergic agonists, beta adrenergic antagonists, carbonic anhyrase inhibitors, cholinergic agonists, & hyperosmolar agents. In development are rhokinase inhibitors. Laser and incisional surgical treatments are also options. Primarily though, glaucoma is treated with eye drops. ...Read more