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Tell your healthcare provider if you have any kind of eye infection before using Lotemax. Warnings and precautions should also be discussed with your healthcare provider, as this medicine could make certain conditions worse, such as glaucoma. You may not be able to use this eye medication safely if you have certain allergies or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using Lotemax?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Lotemax® (loteprednol etabonate) if you have:
- An eye infection (including inactive eye infections, such as those that can happen with herpes)
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Warnings and Precautions With LotemaxSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this product include the following:
- Like other steroids, Lotemax can increase the risk of eye infections or reactivation of inactive infections (such as those that can occur with herpes). If you have an eye infection or a history of eye infections, check with your healthcare provider before using Lotemax. Also, make sure to seek medical attention if you develop an eye infection while using Lotemax.
- As a steroid, Lotemax may worsen or even cause glaucoma. It is a good idea for your healthcare provider to make sure you do not have glaucoma before you start using Lotemax. If you use this eye medication for more than 10 days, your healthcare provider should check to make sure that Lotemax is not causing glaucoma.
- Steroids can cause perforation of the eye in people who already have a thin surface of the eye (usually due to other medical conditions).
- To help prevent contamination of the drops, do not touch the tip of the dropper to any surface, including the surface of the eye.
- If you wear contact lenses, you must remove them to use the drops. To prevent the lens from absorbing the preservative in the medication, make sure to wait 10 minutes after using the drops before reinserting the lens. Do not wear your contact lenses if your eye is still red.
- It is unknown if Lotemax passes through breast milk in significant amounts. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug (see Lotemax and Breastfeeding).
- Lotemax is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it might be unsafe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Lotemax and Pregnancy).