Uses

This medication is used for short-term (up to 2 weeks) treatment to help relieve dry eye disease. Loteprednol belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It works by decreasing inflammation (swelling).

How to use loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic (eye)

Read the Instructions for Use leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using loteprednol and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

To apply eye drops, wash hands first. Shake the bottle well for 2 to 3 seconds before using. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface.

If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them before using this medication. Wait at least 15 minutes before replacing your contact lenses. Tilt your head back, look upward, and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over your eye and place one drop into the pouch. Look downward, gently close your eyes, and place one finger at the corner of your eye (near the nose). Apply gentle pressure for 1 to 2 minutes before opening your eyes. This will prevent the medication from draining out. Try not to blink or rub your eye. Repeat these steps if your dose is for more than one drop. If directed to use this medication in both eyes, repeat these steps for your other eye. Do not rinse the dropper. Replace the dropper cap after each use.

Apply this medication as directed by your doctor, usually 4 times a day for up to 2 weeks.

If you are using another kind of eye medication (such as other drops or ointments), wait at least 5 minutes before applying other medications. Use eye drops before eye ointments to allow the drops to enter the eye.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day.

The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not use this medication more often or for longer than prescribed because doing so may increase your risk of side effects.

Wait several minutes for your vision to clear before driving or operating machinery.

Do not use this product if it becomes contaminated (for example, drops turn a dark color). Use of contaminated eye medication can cause infection, serious damage to the eye, and loss of vision. Contact your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not get better or if it gets worse.

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