What is this medication for?
Loteprednol eye drops belong to the class of medication called corticosteroids. They are used for the short-term treatment of seasonal allergic eye symptoms (seasonal allergic conjunctivitis), including redness and itching in the eye. They work by reducing inflammation in the eye.
If your symptoms do not improve after 2 days of using this medication, contact your doctor. Most people using this medication experience relief of symptoms 2 hours after the first dose instilled.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are using this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.
How should I use this medication?
The usual dose of loteprednol eye drops for seasonal allergic eye symptoms is one drop into the affected eye(s) 4 times per day. In general, this medication should not be used in the eye for more than 14 consecutive days.
If there is no improvement in eye symptoms within 2 days, contact your doctor.
Before using these eye drops, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water and shake the eye drop bottle vigorously. Do not allow the tip of the dropper to touch any surface, including your eyes or fingers. If you are using other medications in the eye, wait at least 10 minutes before applying them.
If you wear soft contact lenses, instill the drops into the eye(s) first and wait 10 to 15 minutes before inserting the contact lenses.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important that this medication be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a 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.
Store this medication at room temperature in an upright position and keep it out of the reach of children. It can be stored for up to 28 days after opening.
This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use loteprednol eye drops if you:
- are allergic to loteprednol, other corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone, prednisolone, dexamethasone), or any of the ingredients of the medication
- have or may have a mycobacterial, fungal, or viral (e.g., herpes simples, varicella) eye infection