Alrex (loteprednol)

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Alrex {Bausch & Lomb}

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loteprednol, pronounced low-TEH-PRED-nole

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The information contained in this drug guide is intended as an educational resource only. This guide is not exhaustive and does not contain all available information about this drug.This guide is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatment.

The information provided in this guide does not replace the need for the advice and services of medical professionals or the need for medical examination. Always talk to your physician or pharmacist before taking any prescription medication or over the counter drugs (including any supplements) or before making any changes to your treatment. Only your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can provide you with safe and effective advice regarding your drug treatment.

The use of the information in this guide is at your sole risk. This information is provided "AS IS" with no warranties to accuracy or timeliness.

**All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

What is Alrex?

Alrex is an eye drop that helps to treat swelling associated with allergies, eye infections,surgery, and other conditions. Alrex is a steroid and works by preventing the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Alrex may also be prescribed for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

 

Key Facts About Alrex

Talk to your doctor if your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse within the first two days of using Alrex.

You should not use any other eye drops while you are using Alrex without talking to your doctor first.

You should be careful not to allow the tip of the Alrex eye dropper to touch any surface,which includes your eyes or hands. If the dropper touches any surfaces it could become contaminated, leading to a different infection of your eye. Eye infections can cause serious damage or even vision loss.

Alrex should not be given to anyone under the age of 18.

Alrex is in FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Alrex can be harmful to an unborn baby. You should tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Alrex. Do not use Alrex if you are breast-feeding as it is not known if Alrex passes into breast milk.

 

Before You Take Alrex

You should not take Alrex if you are allergic to loteprednol or any other steroids, or if you have any type of bacterial, fungal or viral infection of your eye.

Do not use Alrex if you have herpes of the eye or chickenpox.

Tell your doctor if you have cataracts or glaucoma before starting treatment with Alrex.

You should not use any other eye drops while you are using Alrex without talking to your doctor first.

You should avoid using too much of this medication. Use only the amount of Alrex that yourdoctor has prescribed for you.

 

Alrex Drug Interactions

There are no particular medications, oral or injectable, that interact with Alrex. However,you should tell your doctor about all of the medications you use. This includes prescription drugs, vitamins, supplements and herbal products, and over the counter medications. You should not begin taking a new medication without telling your doctor first.

 

Directions for Taking Alrex

You should take Alrex exactly how it was prescribed for you. You should not use Alrex in larger or smaller amounts, or use it for longer or shorter than recommended by your doctor.Follow the directions exactly on your prescription label.

A patient instruction guide comes with your Alrex prescription which gives you instructions for safe and effective use of this medication. Be sure to follow the instructions for using Alrex carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

When you are ready to apply the Alrex eye drops you should tilt your head back slightly and pull your lower eyelid down to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper steadily above your eye with the tip facing down. You should look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop.Close your eye after administering the drop for a few seconds. Next, lightly press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.

If you need to have eye surgery, if you have an eye injury or develop a worsened eye infection at any time during your treatment with Alrex you should tell your doctor immediately.

Your doctor may need to check your eyes if you are using Alrex for 10 days or longer to check that this medication is not causing harmful effects.

Do not use Alrex eye drops if they are discolored or contain particles.

You should be careful not to allow the tip of the Alrex eye dropper to touch any surface,which includes your eyes or hands. If the dropper touches any surfaces it could become contaminated, leading to an infection of your eye. Eye infections can cause serious damage or even vision loss.

Alrex needs to be stored at room temperature, with the cap on tightly. Do not freeze Alrex.

If you miss a dose of Alrex you should attempt to take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose do not take the missed dose in addition to your regular dose.

 

Alrex Side Effects

If you experience any of the following adverse effects you should stop taking Alrex and seek emergency medical help immediately:

  • allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing, hives or swelling of your throat, face, tongueor lips
  • blurred vision
  • burning, pain or stinging when using the drops
  • eye infection that is new with symptoms like drainage, irritation,redness and swelling
  • eye pain
  • vision problems, such as seeing halos around lights

Less Serious Alrex side effects may include:

  • minor burning after eye drops are applied
  • dry or itchy eyes
  • headache
  • feeling that something is in your eye
  • red or watery eyes
  • runny nose
  • sensitivity to light
  • sore throat

It should be noted that this is not a complete list of possible side effects of Alrex. You should contact your physician for a complete list and medical advice regarding these effects.

 

Alrex Description and Dosing

Alrex is available as a sterile ophthalmic suspension and is supplied in a plastic bottle with a controlled drop tip. Alrex is available in a 5 mL bottle and a 10 mL size bottle.

Alrex is prescribed based on the individual need of each patient. Your doctor will tell you the right dose for you.

If you suspect that you have overdosed with Alrex you should seek emergency help immediately.

 

Ingredients in Alrex

Alrex is comprised of the main ingredient loteprednol etabonate 2 mg (0.2%). Inactive ingredients are Edetate Disodium, Glycerin, Povidone, Purified Water and Tyloxapol. The preservative Benzalkonium Chloride 0.01% is also added.

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Disclaimer

The information contained in this drug guide is intended as an educational resource only. This guide is not exhaustive and does not contain all available information about this drug.This guide is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatment.

The information provided in this guide does not replace the need for the advice and services of medical professionals or the need for medical examination. Always talk to your physician or pharmacist before taking any prescription medication or over the counter drugs (including any supplements) or before making any changes to your treatment. Only your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can provide you with safe and effective advice regarding your drug treatment.

The use of the information in this guide is at your sole risk. This information is provided "AS IS" with no warranties to accuracy or timeliness.

**All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.