Loteprednol is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Loteprednol ophthalmic (for the eye) is used to treat eye swelling caused by surgery, infection, allergies, and other conditions.

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  • Alrex, Lotemax
  • Severity: Major
    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking loteprednol ophthalmic:

    More common:
    Blurred vision or other change in vision
    redness or swelling of the eye
    sensitivity of the eyes to light
    swelling of the membrane covering the white part of the eye
    Less common:
    Discharge from the eye
    eye discomfort, irritation, or pain
    redness of the eyelid or inner lining of the eyelid
    tiny bumps on the inner lining of the eyelid
    Incidence not known:
    Blindness
    delayed wound healing
    loss of vision
    nausea or vomiting
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with loteprednol ophthalmic may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common:
    Burning when medicine is applied
    dry eyes
    feeling of something in the eye
    headache
    itching
    runny nose
    sore throat
    tearing or watery eye
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