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Depends: Lotemax (loteprednol) is a synthetic steroid solution with a good safety profile. It is used at various frequencies depending upon how much and what type of inflammation is present in the eye. A follow up questions is what is the Lotemax (loteprednol) being used for? All steroids have some side effects such as cataract formation and glaucoma. Use with care. ...Read more
Yes- too long:
Per the website: prolonged use of Lotemax (loteprednol) is associated with warnings, including glaucoma with optic nerve damage, defects in visual acuity, cataract formation, secondary ocular infections, worsened viral ocular infections (including herpes simplex), delay in wound healing and increase in bleb formation.
If this product is used for 10 days or longer, intraocular pressure should be monitered. ...Read more
Yes it is safe but:
They both work differently as Lotemax (loteprednol) is steroid preparation and optivair an anti inflammatory drops. But you can only use these together for short period, as prolonged use of steroid drops can cause side effects, but optivair can be used alone after that
so limit the combined use for short term only. ...Read more
Only if rx'd: These are steroid eye drops. Use them only if you have been evaluated by an eye doctor and had them prescribed for you. ...Read more
Protect Eye from...: 28 y/o female asks What can someone use other than Lotemax (loteprednol) if they're allergic to it. Lotemax (loteprednol) is a Corticosteroid used to treat some Eye problems; Inflammation, Infection, irritation, redness, swelling, Allergies... Should be avoided if allergic to any of its ingredients. Alternate treatment should be based on proper Diagnosis which, to protect the Eye from harm, should be done by Eye Specialist ...Read more
Package directions: Directions for dosage should be clearly marked on prescription package. Are the drops for an eye problem, or did you have eye surgery? Usual dose is 1 - 2 drops four times a day. Contact the prescribing doc for how long you should use them. ...Read more
Probably not: Lotemax (loteprednol) is a steroid eye drop. Typically steroid eye drops are used short term for severe eye allergies. With long term use is the potential for glaucoma, cataracts and additional risks if a person gets an infection in their eye. Check with your eye doctor for a better long term medication. ...Read more
Be careful: The use of steroid eye drops should only be done under very close supervision of an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Nope: Never use Lotemax (loteprednol) unless ophthalmologist says so. ...Read more
All increase tears: The medications you have listed can all help improve tear properies in selected patients and you need to work with your eyemd to see what will work for you. Pataday is an antihistamine that helps mostly itching, but dryness associated with allergies will improve. Azasite is an antibiotic for meibomian dysfunction. Lotemax (loteprednol) quiets inflammation, and Restasis also helps with inflammation and tears. ...Read more
Restasis, pataday, lotemax (loteprednol) and azasite, which can cause the most excessive tearing?
Restasis: Restasis is a drug which causes dramatically increased tearing. Lotemax (loteprednol) may cause a slight increase in tearing. Pataday will reduce tearing and Azasite has no effect on tearing. ...Read more
I just got an prescription for restasis & lotemax (loteprednol). The lotmax will be used for only 2 weeks. Does it matter which one I put in 1st? How long do I wait between?
Eye drops: Order does not matter but wait 5 minutes between the meds. ...Read more
Desperate! Wat can I use for sjogrens related severe Dr eyes, already used lotemax (loteprednol) n restasis w no luck. No appt for rheumi avail till 2 mnths, cnt wrk?
Need eye doc: First, I would recommend an evaluation by an ophthalmologist. Sjogren related dry eyes can be severe and will require aggressive attention. For now, artificial tears over the counter (preservative free is better so you can use it very frequently) during the day and lubricating ointment at bedtime. Lotemax/restasis helps get inflammation under control but does little for lubrication. Good luck. ...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
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
Frequently: Lotemax (loteprednol) is the brand name of a steroid (anti-inflammatory) eyedrop. If the condition for which it was prescribed causes blurry vision, then as the drop improves the condition the blur will improve. Lotemax (loteprednol) will not substitute for eyeglasses or for structural problems lowering the vision. Discuss this with the ophthalmologist who prescribed you the lotemax (loteprednol). ...Read more
My son is blind, stage v r.O.P., his opthamologist wants him to stay on lotemax (loteprednol) indefinitely, what could be the side effects other than his eyes?
Side effects: Lotemax (loteprednol) used topically on the eye does not cause any systemic side effects. When using this medication, regular eye exams should be performed by youreye doctor. ...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
Inner parts of my eyes have been bloodshot for a month now. Prescribed lotemax (loteprednol) gel, worked kinda. Contacts made my eyes burn today. What should I do?
Red eyes: Be sure you do not have a growth (pinguecula or pterygium) by seeing an eyeMD. Also ask MD to check tear film, Meibomian glands (may benefit from lid hygiene (eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com) & be sure this is only an episcleritis and not scleritis. Likely from tear film instability. ...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
Would using 1 drop 2x daily for 2 weeks lotemax (loteprednol) gel 0.5 % causes any side effect or risk to eyes such cataract or glaucoma?
Prob not: That dose for that period of time will likely not have adverse side effects. ...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
Lotemax (loteprednol) isn't Visine: It's an anti-inflammatory drops intended to reduce inflamed conjunctiva & eyelids due to inflammation or extreme allergic responses, where eyes may look red, but it's not an ocular decongestant to vasoconstrict blood vessels. So the category & drug action is different. In dry eye syndrome, it's usually due lack of oil gland production to keep tears on eyes, where lubricating drops are used instead. ...Read more
Can you please advise timing/order of taking:lotemax 2/d drop, lid scrubs1/d, retain eye tear drop 3/d, &warm compresses 1/d.Can any taken concurrently?
Yes: If your doctor tells you to do that. Space the drops out by 5 minutes or so, so that they don't wash each other out. ...Read more
Melbomian gland dysfunction. Warm compress, lid cleaning. 2x/ day. Eyelids still swollen. Doc gave Lotemax (loteprednol). Don't help with swelling. What to do?
Lasik dry eyes. Have plugs in. Just put on lotemax (loteprednol) ointment at night. Is it ok to use with plugs? Or should plugs be removed before to reduce swelling
Yes: You can use the Lotemax (loteprednol) while the plugs are in place. ...Read more
My optometrist told me that if the Lotemax (loteprednol) did not work for the inflammation then Restasis won't work for the severe dry eyes. Is this true I hve dout?
Restasis is very good medication for mild dry eyes. For moderate to severe dry eyes, Restasis is not enough and I do other things in addition to the Restasis, like doxycycline, warm compresses, IPL, Blepharotomy, punctal plugs, Prokera stem cells, Serum tears. Etc.
I would see an ophthalmologist that treat a lot of dry eyes... ...Read more
Started Invokana 2 mnths ago n I believe made my dry eyes worse. Nvr had dry eye episode last more than 1-2 wks n it's bn 6 wks w restasis lotemax (loteprednol) plgs?
Canagliflozin or Invokana is for:
Treating type 2 diabetes in certain patients. It is used along with diet and exercise. Dry eyes is not a common side effect. Most adverse effects are Genito urinary (your physician can explain to you). Restasis is not for immediate cure. Should be used for 3 to six months to assess its benefit. Lotemax (loteprednol) for inflammation from Restasis You use lubricants too
Under left eye feels droopy, tired/not open all the way, but it looks normal. Occasional mild burning/itching in back of eye. Dr. Prescribed lotemax (loteprednol) 2x/day, 14 days, no help. Annoying!
I just found out I am pregnant! Are using Lotemax steroid eye drops safe? It says not recommended. What are your thoughts? My left eye is just so dry.
In eye drops is almost always absorbed into the body in general but the doses are very small. To be "safe" check these eye dromps out with your OB-GYN!
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How frequent can Lotemax/ FML (fluorometholone) be safely used for eye inflammation due to dryness? IOP normal. Used for 7 days 1week ago. Can use again?
To be used cautiousl: Lotemax (loteprednol) and fml are not routine treaents for dry eye syndrome except in severe cases of keratoconjunctivitis sicca. When used, careful monitoring of the eye needs to be performed by treating Eye MD. Infections, glaucoma, and cataract are among the serious complications of chronic steroid treatment. Other non steroid treatments are preferred for chronic dry eye, like Restasis, plugs, moisture goggle ...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
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