Lotemax Gel is a prescription medication used to relieve inflammation and pain in the eye following surgery. When applied as directed by a healthcare provider, Lotemax Gel can help reduce eye inflammation in patients who have undergone cataract surgery.
Lotemax Gel contains loteprednol etabonate, which belongs to the class of medications called corticosteroids. Loteprednol works by blocking inflammatory responses in the body, which helps reduce swelling, redness, and itching in the eye.
Use and Dosage
You should use Lotemax gel exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Typically, you will apply a small amount of the gel to the affected eye(s) 4 times per day. The Gel should only be used as directed by a healthcare professional.
Here are the general steps on how to use Lotemax Gel:
- Wash your hands before handling the medication.
- Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket.
- Turn the closed bottle upside-down and shake once to fill the bottle tip with gel.
- Squeeze the prescribed number of drops (usually 1 to 2) into the pocket made by your lower eyelid.
- Gently close your eyes and press your finger against the corner of your eye (the side closest to your nose) for about one minute to prevent the medication from draining out.
- Repeat steps 2 through 5 for your other eye if instructed to do so.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions for using Lotemax Gel, as the dosage and duration of treatment may vary depending on your specific condition. If you have any questions or concerns about using this medication, you should consult with your doctor or pharmacist.
Common Side Effects of Lotemax Gel (Loteprednol):
- Blurred vision
- Dry or watery eyes
- Eye pain
- Feeling like something is in your eye
- Minor burning when using the eye drops
- Runny nose
- Sensitivity to light
- Sore throat
Serious Side Effects of Lotemax Gel (Loteprednol):
- Crusting or drainage from the eye
- Eye pain or swelling
- Pain behind your eyes
- Pain when using the eye drops
- Redness of the eye
- Seeing halos around lights
- Severe discomfort and
- Sudden vision changes
- Trouble closing your eye
- Tunnel vision
- Worsening redness or itching
Forms and Strength
Lotemax Gel (Loteprednol) is available in the following forms and strength:
Lotemax Gel: Eye Gel
- Lotemax Gel should be used with caution in patients with a history of intraocular pressure (IOP) increase, glaucoma, and other ocular diseases.
- Prolonged use of Lotemax Gel may result in increased IOP, which can lead to optic nerve damage, visual field defects, and other vision disorders.
- Lotemax Gel should not be used in patients with viral or mycobacterial infections of the eye, fungal diseases of ocular structures, or hypersensitivity to loteprednol etabonate.
- Lotemax Gel may cause adverse reactions such as blurred vision, eye pain, and burning or stinging of the eyes.
- Patients who wear contact lenses should be advised to remove their lenses before using Lotemax Gel and wait at least 10-15 minutes before reinserting them.
- Lotemax Gel can also cause cataracts and delayed wound healing in some patients.
- Lotemax Gel is not recommended for use in pregnant or lactating women, as there is a lack of sufficient data on the safety of this medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Lotemax Gel should be used with caution in patients with a history of steroid-induced cataracts or glaucoma, as well as in those who have recently undergone cataract surgery.
- If the gel becomes contaminated or discolored, it should not be used, and a new prescription should be obtained.
- Lotemax Gel should be stored at room temperature and protected from light and moisture.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does it take for Lotemax Gel to work?
Individual responses to Lotemax Gel can vary, but in general, it may take a few days to notice an improvement in symptoms.
Can Lotemax Gel be used with other eye drops or medications?
Consult with a healthcare provider or pharmacist before using Lotemax Gel with other eye drops or medications, as they can potentially interact with each other.
Lotemax Gel be used for other eye conditions not listed on the label?
Lotemax Gel should only be used for the conditions listed on the label and as directed by a healthcare provider. Using it for other conditions not listed on the label can increase the risk of side effects.
Is Lotemax Gel available as a generic?
Yes, loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic gel is available as a generic medication. It may be sold under the name loteprednol eye gel and may be less expensive than the brand-name Lotemax Gel.
How should Lotemax Gel be stored?
Lotemax Gel should be stored at room temperature and protected from light and moisture. It should be kept out of the reach of children.