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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
None exactly: Alrex (loteprednol) is a very light duty topical steroid. It has minimal effects and minimal side effects. It is rather expensive and is heavily promoted by the maker. There are no exact equivalents although the conditions treated have alternates. The principal use is in allergic disease of eye surface and there are multile anti-histamines for this purpose. Some of the current uses for Alrex (loteprednol) are illogical. ...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
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
Light steroid drops: Alrex is 0.2% loteprednol, a very light concentration topical steroid for limited inflammation of the outside of the eyes. Fluorometholone (fml) can substitute and is available as a generic. Sometimes a non steroid such as Bepreve (bepotastine besilate) or Nevanac can provide the same effect without the need for steroids at all. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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?
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