Introduction to Lotepred Eye Drops 5ml
Lotepred Eye Drops 5 ml belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids primarily used to treat post-operative inflammation and pain following ocular surgery. Pain is an unpleasant sensation and emotional experience that is associated with tissue damage. Inflammation is the immune system’s natural response to injury or infection. Lotepred Eye Drops 5 ml is prescribed to treat redness and swelling (inflammation) of the eye.
Lotepred Eye Drops 5 ml contains Loteprednol etabonate. It is a corticosteroid that works by blocking prostaglandins (a chemical messenger) in the brain that cause inflammation and swelling. Thereby, Lotepred Eye Drops 5 ml helps treat inflammation and pain.
Lotepred Eye Drops 5 ml is for ophthalmic use only. You are advised to use Lotepred Eye Drops 5 ml for as long as your doctor has prescribed it. In some cases, Lotepred Eye Drops 5 ml may cause watery eyes, irritation, itching, and foreign body sensation in the eye. Most of these side effects of Lotepred Eye Drops 5 ml are temporary, do not require medical attention, and gradually resolve over time. However, if the side effects are persistent, reach out to your doctor.
Do not take Lotepred Eye Drops 5 ml if you are allergic to corticosteroids or any ingredient of Lotepred Eye Drops 5 ml. Also, do not use more than the prescribed dose of Lotepred Eye Drops 5 ml as it may cause glaucoma, fungal infections, and cataracts. Do not take any other eye medication with Lotepred Eye Drops 5 ml, without consulting your doctor. If you have/had glaucoma (increased eye pressure), herpes simplex infection, any other eye problem, are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not take Lotepred Eye Drops 5 ml unless prescribed by your doctor.
Uses of Lotepred Eye Drops 5ml
- Post-operative inflammation and pain following ocular surgery.
How Does Lotepred Eye Drops 5 Works
Lotepred Eye Drop 5 ml is consisting of Loteprednol as an ophthalmic corticosteroid. It has been hypothesized that it induces certain proteins (phospholipase A2 inhibitory proteins) which inhibit the formation of compounds like prostaglandin and leukotrienes which promote inflammation. As a result, Loteprednol reduces the redness, swelling, and itching at the site of administration.
Side Effects of Lotepred Eye Drops 5ml
- Electrolyte Imbalance
- Redistribution/Accumulation of Body Fat
- Bone Degradation
- Increased Risk of Infection
- Muscle Disorders
- Increased Blood Pressure
- Altered Bone Growth
- Skin Scar
- Behavioral Changes
- Increased Glucose Level in Blood
Dosage of Lotepred Eye Drops 5
How to Manage Side Effects
- Notify Healthcare Provider
- Follow Prescribed Dosage
- Do Not Stop Abruptly
- Report Severe Side Effects
- Monitor Your Eyes
Warning & Precautions
- Pregnant/Breastfeeding Women
- Eye disorders or inflammation or Surgeries
- Always consult your doctor to get best possible treatment and dosage adjustment in the above conditions.
- Use as Prescribed: Only use Lotepred eye drops as directed by your healthcare provider or Eye care specialist. Follow the recommended dosage and duration of use.
- Wash Hands: Before applying the eye drops, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to prevent contamination.
- Avoid Contact Lenses: If you wear contact lenses, remove them before instilling Lotepred eye drops. Wait at least 10 to 15 minutes after using the drops before reinserting the lenses.
- Administer Properly: Tilt your head back and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Instill the prescribed number of drops into the pocket and then close your eyes gently for a minute or two to allow the drops to spread evenly.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How does Lotepred Eye Drops 5ml work?
Ans. Lotepred Eye Drops 5ml works by blocking the production of certain inflammatory mediators called prostaglandins in the body which are responsible for causing swelling, pain, redness, and scar formation in the eyes, thus it treats inflammation and pain associated with eye surgeries.
2. What are the common side effects of using Lotepred Eye Drops 5ml?
Ans. The most common side-effects of using Lotepred Eye Drops 5ml are inflammation in the anterior chamber of the eye, eye pain and foreign body sensation in the eye. Consult your doctor if any of the symptoms worsens.
3. Can Lotepred Eye Drops 5ml cause cataract?
Ans. Yes, long-term exposure of Lotepred Eye Drops 5ml may lead to posterior and subcapsular cataract formation (type of eye disease causing opacification or clouding of back portion of the lens). Consult your doctor immediately if you feel any visual disturbance while you are using this medicine.
4. Can I wear contact lenses while using Lotepred Eye Drops 5ml?
Ans. Lotepred Eye Drops 5ml contains a preservative called benzalkonium chloride which may be absorbed by soft contact lenses. You are recommended to remove contact lenses before using this medicine and you can put them back after 15 minutes of using the medicine.