Fluorometholone

Description

Fluorometholone is used for the treatment of eye swelling, pain, and redness which may be caused by surgery, infection, allergies, or other conditions. This medicine should be used with caution in children and only under the supervision of your doctor.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Fluorometholone

  • Blurred vision
  • Burning or itching of eyes
  • Redness of the eye
  • Dry eyes
  • Discharge from eyes
  • Eye discomfort

Uses of Fluorometholone

What is it prescribed for?

  • Steroid-responsive inflammatory conditions
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition. If the medicine is used, monitor the infant closely for any adverse effects.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to fluorometholone or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.

Active viral diseases

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from active viral diseases of the eyes including epithelial herpes simplex keratitis (dendritic keratitis), vaccinia, and varicella due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Mycobacterial or fungal infection

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from a mycobacterial or fungal infection of the eyes and surrounding structures due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition. If the medicine is used, monitor the infant closely for any adverse effects.
General warnings

Use in pediatrics

This medicine comes in two formulations, fluorometholone and fluorometholone acetate. Formulations containing fluorometholone are not recommended for use in patients less than 2 years of age while formulations containing fluorometholone acetate are not recommended for use in patients less than 18 years of age. The medicine should be used in children only under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional.

Increased intraocular pressure (IOP)

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with a history of cataracts, glaucoma, or increased intraocular pressure due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. This risk is especially higher if the medicine is used for more than 10 days. Close monitoring of intraocular pressure may be necessary in some cases. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Slow or delayed healing

This medicine may slow or delay healing and increase the risk of a bleb formation. This risk is especially higher if the medicine is used for a prolonged period of time. Appropriate examination through lamp biomicroscopy and fluorescein staining may be necessary in some cases to ensure appropriate healing post surgery. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Contact lens

Patients are advised to remove contact lenses prior to the administration of this medicine. The lenses may be reinserted 10 to 15 minutes post administration.

Driving or operating machines

This medicine may cause blurred vision or other vision changes in some patients. It is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you experience any of these symptoms during treatment with this medicine.

Missed Dose

Administer the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Smallpox vaccine

Disease interactions

Ocular Toxicities

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with a history of cataracts, glaucoma, or increased intraocular pressure due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Viral ocular infections

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from eye infections caused by a virus due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Replacement with a suitable alternative should be considered under your doctor's supervision.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Use this medicine exactly as prescribed. Do not administer in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by reducing the formation of certain substances in the body that are responsible for causing swelling and pain.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Ophthalmic steroids, Glucocorticoids

Schedule

Schedule H

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Information on this page was last updated on 31 Aug 2018

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