Eye inflammation caused by eye surgeries, allergies, acne rosacea, or herpes zoster can often be relieved with Lotemax. This prescription eye medication contains a steroid, which helps to reduce inflammation. It is only approved for adults. There are currently no reasons to use Lotemax for something it is not approved to treat (off-label uses).
What Is Lotemax Used For?Lotemax® (loteprednol etabonate) is an eye medication approved for treating a variety of different inflammatory eye conditions and to treat inflammation that can occur after an eye surgery. It is available by prescription only and belongs to a group of medications known as corticosteroids.
Some examples of inflammatory eye conditions that can be treated with this product include but are not limited to:
- Eye allergies (allergic conjunctivitis)
- Acne rosacea of the eye (ocular rosacea)
- Herpes zoster (shingles) eye infections.
Lotemax is not as effective as prednisolone eye drop (a commonly used eye steroid), but it is less likely to cause high eye pressure compared to prednisolone eye drops.
Lotemax drops are approved to treat a wide range of inflammatory eye conditions (including postsurgical inflammation), while Lotemax ointment and gel are approved only for treating postsurgical eye inflammation and pain.
How Does Lotemax Work?Lotemax belongs to a group of medications known as corticosteroids, or simply "steroids" for short. Steroids can have many different effects in the body, including anti-inflammatory effects.
However, long-term use of steroids can cause bothersome and sometimes serious side effects, and this limits the usefulness of many steroids. Because Lotemax is an eye medication, its effects are generally limited to the eye. This helps prevent many of the long-term side effects of steroids.