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Pronunciation: FLURE oh METH oh lone
Brand: Flarex, FML Forte Liquifilm, FML Liquifilm, FML S.O.P.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to fluorometholone, or if you have any type of viral or fungal eye infection, ocular herpes, tuberculosis, or an untreated infection in your eye or elsewhere, including chickenpox.
Before using fluorometholone ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, if you have herpes, or if you are also taking an oral steroid medication such as prednisone (Deltasone, Orasone, others), methylprednisolone (Medrol), hydrocortisone (Cortef, Hydrocortone), and others.
Do not use fluorometholone ophthalmic while you are wearing contact lenses. This medication may contain a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses and cause discoloration. Wait at least 15 minutes after using fluorometholone before putting your contact lenses in.
Shake the eye drops gently before each use.
Do not allow the dropper tip to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.
Do not stop using fluorometholone suddenly without first talking to your doctor. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment with fluorometholone ophthalmic.
Fluorometholone is a steroid medicine. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Fluorometholone ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat eye swelling caused by infections, injury, surgery, or other conditions.
Fluorometholone ophthalmic may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to fluorometholone, or if you have any type of infection, especially:
Before using fluorometholone ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have herpes. You may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use fluorometholone.
FDA pregnancy category C. Fluorometholone ophthalmic may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether fluorometholone ophthalmic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.
Wash your hands before using your eye drops or ointment.
To apply the eye drops:
Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
To apply the ointment:
Do not stop using fluorometholone suddenly without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment with fluorometholone ophthalmic.
To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your eyes will need to be checked on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.
Store fluorometholone ophthalmic at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle or tube tightly capped. Do not allow this medicine to freeze.
Use the medication as soon as you remember the missed dose. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and use the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of fluorometholone ophthalmic is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms.
Do not wear any contact lens that has not been approved by your doctor.
Do not use fluorometholone ophthalmic while you are wearing regular contact lenses. This medication may contain a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses and cause discoloration. Wait at least 15 minutes after using fluorometholone before putting your contact lenses in.
Do not use any other eye medications unless your doctor has prescribed them.
Fluorometholone can cause side effects that may impair your vision. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to see clearly.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Before using fluorometholone, tell your doctor if you are also taking an oral steroid medication such as prednisone (Deltasone, Orasone, others), methylprednisolone (Medrol), hydrocortisone (Cortef, Hydrocortone), and others.
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with fluorometholone ophthalmic. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Your pharmacist can provide more information about fluorometholone ophthalmic.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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