Loteprednol Etabonate Ophthalmic Suspension – The eye drop medication is primarily used to treat post-operative inflammation, redness, swelling, or pain following ocular surgery. These conditions usually occur due to certain eye issues or eye surgery. The ophthalmic suspension belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids. It also helps in providing temporary relief from itching in the eye caused by seasonal allergic conjunctivitis. Loteprednol Etabonate Ophthalmic Suspension can also be used for the treatment of moderate dry eye. Use the eye drop medication only for the prescribed duration, as the long term use of the ophthalmic suspension can cause damage to the optic nerve and problems with vision.
How does Loteprednol Etabonate Ophthalmic Suspension work?
The ophthalmic suspension consists of loteprednol etabonate which is a known steroid. The function of this steroid is to block the production of prostaglandins in the body. Certain chemical messengers are to blame for eye inflammation and allergies. It is recommended that you only use the eye drop for as long as your eye doctor has prescribed. The medication is intended for use for ophthalmic purposes only. The use of loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic suspension may cause some effects in some rare cases; consult with your eye doctor if the effects bother you much.
- Inflammation associated with infection
- Postoperative prophylaxis
- Bacterial conjunctivitis
Medical Benefits of Loteprednol Etabonate Ophthalmic Suspension
- Used for the treatment of steroid-responsive inflammatory conditions of the cornea and anterior segment of the globe.
- Safe tropical steroids when used on a long-term basis for the treatment of SAC and PAC.
- It is better than olopatadine in the relief of ocular itching and bulbar conjunctival injection.
- It is effective in resolving anterior chamber cells and flare as well as in reducing post-operative pain and discomfort.
Side Effects of Loteprednol Etabonate Ophthalmic Suspension
The use of Loteprednol Etabonate eye drops can cause some side effects. The side effects will resolve over time and are very rare to appear with this medication. However, let your doctor know if the side effects of the ophthalmic suspension persist or last for a long time.
Some of the side effects that can occur after using Loteprednol Etabonate Ophthalmic Suspension are:
- Teary eyes
- Eyes with a foreign body sensation
- Increased intraocular pressure
- Eye discharge
- Eye redness
- Discomfort in the eyes
- Dry eyes
- Eye itching
- Corneal defect
Precautions for Loteprednol Etabonate Ophthalmic Suspension
Some of the precautions to keep in mind while using Loteprednol Etabonate eye drop are:
- Avoid exceeding the recommended dosage of the ophthalmic suspension as it may cause glaucoma and secondary infection.
- Do not contaminate the eye drop by touching the tip of the dropper to any surface.
- Remove the contact lenses before using Loteprednol Etabonate Ophthalmic Suspension. Wait for at least 15 minutes and then put them back on.
- A stinging sensation may occur for 1-2 min. after using the eye drop. Consult your doctor if the stinging sensation lasts longer.
- Avoid using the ophthalmic suspension if you are allergic to corticosteroids or any of the inactive ingredients present in the suspension.
- Let your doctor know if you have a herpes simplex infection, glaucoma, or any other eye problem before using Loteprednol Etabonate ophthalmic suspension.
- HAS BEEN USED FOR THE TREATMENT OF STEROID-RESPONSIVE INFLAMMATORY CONDITIONS OF THE CORNEA AND ANTERIOR SEGMENT OF THE GLOBE.
- SAFE TOPICAL STEROID WHEN USED ON LONG-TERM BASIS FOR THE TREATMENT OF SAC AND PAC
- BETTER THAN OLOPATADINE IN THE RELIEF OF OCULAR ITCHING AND BULBAR CONJUNCTIVAL INJECTION.
- EFFECTIVE IN RESOLVING ANTERIOR CHAMBER CELLS AND FLARE AS WELL AS IN REDUCING POST-OPERATIVE PAIN AND DISCOMFORT.
- BACTERIAL CONJINCTIVITIS
- INFLAMMATION ASSOCIATED WITH INFECTION
- POST OPERATIVE PROPHYLAXIS