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Blurred vision, eye discharge, and dry eyes and are some of the most common side effects of Lotemax. Reactions to this medication tend to be mild and are generally easy to treat. However, there are some side effects that are potentially serious, such as eye infections, unexplained swelling, or difficulty breathing, which should be reported to a healthcare provider right away.

An Introduction to Lotemax Side Effects

As with any medicine, Lotemax® (loteprednol etabonate) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. Most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with this medication. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Possible Side Effects of Lotemax

Lotemax has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects reported by a group of people using these eye drops were documented and then compared to another group using a placebo eye drop (that did not contain any active ingredient) or a different steroid eye drop.
As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the group using the placebo or the other eye drop.
In these studies, the most common side effects of Lotemax, occurring in 5 to 25 percent of people, included but were not limited to:
  • Anterior chamber inflammation (inflammation in a certain part of the eye)
  • Abnormal vision or blurred vision
  • Eye burning when using the drops
  • Swelling of the lining of the eyes and eyelids
  • Eye discharge
  • Dry eyes
  • An overflow of tears
  • Feeling like something is stuck in the eye
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Eye sensitivity to the sun.
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