Available only by prescription, Lotemax is used to treat certain inflammatory eye conditions. Although it is a type of steroid, this medication usually doesn't have the long-term effects of most steroids because it comes in the form of an eye drop, gel, or ointment. It is typically used in the affected eye(s) four times daily. Potential side effects may include dry eyes, blurred vision, and eye burning.
What Is Lotemax?
Lotemax® (loteprednol etabonate) is a prescription eye medication used for the treatment of a variety of different inflammatory eye conditions. It is also approved to treat inflammation and pain that sometimes occurs after eye surgery.
Originally, Lotemax only came in the form of a drop. However, an eye ointment and an eye gel form of the medication have also been approved.
Lotemax is manufactured by Bausch & Lomb Incorporated.
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.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed April 10, 2012.
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