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    Brand Name:Lotemax
    Generic:Loteprednol Etabonate
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
1998-03-09 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Bausch & Lomb
This drug is available in the following forms:
Opthalmic Suspensions/Drops
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:

About Lotemax

Lotemax is used to treat certain inflammatory conditions of the eye that will respond to steroids, such as seasonal allergies. Lotemax is also used to treat inflammation after cataract surgery. Lotemax is not the preferred treatment for all inflammatory conditions of the eye.

Precautions for Lotemax

  • You should contact your doctor if pain develops, or if redness, itching, or inflammation gets worse.
  • See your doctor if your symptoms do not get better within two days. He/she may want to re-evaluate your condition.
  • You should not use Lotemax longer than 10 days without having the pressure in your eye checked by your doctor.
  • You should not wear soft contact lenses when using Lotemax because the product contains a preservative.

Side Effects of Lotemax

  • Increased pressure within the eye (see special warnings)
  • Blurring of vision
  • Burning when putting drops in the eye
  • Swelling or discharge from the eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Tearing
  • Sensation of having an object in your eye
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

Who Should Not Take Lotemax

You should not use Lotemax if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Eye infections caused by viruses such as herpes, and the chicken pox virus.
  • Eye infections caused by mycobacterium and fungi.
  • An allergic reaction to Lotemax.
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Recent Forum Posts on Lotemax

LoteMax safe for Viral Infections?

Greetings all, My eye doc said to use LoteMax 2x/ day about a week after developing a viral (herpes) eye infection (which I've never had before). I'm currently using: An antibiotic eye drop An anti-viral eye cream A moisturizing eye drop I still have blurred vision in that eye, and will now add a fourth medication to that eye. I'm to stop the antivrual cream in 2 days. Question: everything I read about LoteMax said NOT to use it if you have herpes infection. I have to defer to the doc., as I've never been to eye doc before, and he does have pretty good reputation. Should I use it? Or challenge his advise? Any & all info greatly appreciated, thank you. God Bless to all of you.


Have only been on lotemax for a week, but I have developed a sore throat and also a sinus infection. I use the medication every other day. Was on Pred Forte for 11 years after cataract and cornea surgeries. Does anyone else out there have these side effects and will it go away?

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I had catarac surgery in both eyes last year. In the r4ight eye vision was improved for a feshort time after surgery then deteriated to a blur. The doctorgave me a steroid injection and prescribed Acular and Lotemax every two hours over a month period. Upon re-examination he noticed a film (?) ibeneath the lens which he sad could be causing the blur but could be removed with laser surgery in abot three months but that I should continue with the Acular, Lotemax and an additional medicine "Pred Forte"...all of these four times a day.
As for the left eye after initial surgery there was improvement in clarity and sharpness at first but began to see waviness in the vertical and horizontal lines with a slight difference in depth perception than the right eye. The doctor also prescribed the same three medicines in that eye over the three month period.

I note in your advice on using Lotmax that serious side effects could occur for use over an extended period of time. Does my condition described above give cause for alarm???

Thank you

Ray Van Sickler


I had a cornea transplate eight years ago. The dr. put me on lotemax
for rejection. I have glaucoma in both eyes and lost considerly
amount of vision. I am told to use it twice a week. I also was
told if my pressure keeps high I could go blind. I am seeing
a glaucoma specialist and she also gave me the prescription After
reading the article about lotemax I am worried. They tell me id
I don't use it my cornea can reject My left eye always burn and I
wear a hard contact lense. Most of the time I have pain. Can the
Lotemax be responsable for this
Lucy Napoli

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I was seeing big circles at night time when I look at any lights. My vision was also blurred. I went to the doctor, I had some spots on my cornea and inflamation. He gave me Lotemax to use 4 times a day for week, then 3 times a week for 2 weeks, then 2 times a week. First week the pressure was little high but now then last time when I went to see the doctor it was only 15 on my both eyes. I have to go see the doctor again next Thursday. What an improvement. My vision has improved, I don't see any more circles at light at night time. Does this drop could make you gain weight because it has steroid?

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I had asked if lotemax can make you gain weight, haven't heard a respond as of yet

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I haven't heard whether Lotemax makes you gain weight, but I've been on it for 3 weeks. I have definitely noticed a weight gain from it. Probably 5 or so pounds, but I definitely notice that I'm bulkier than I normally am and it happened very quick, within the first week of being on the drops.


I had a hole in my retina fixed with laser surgery a couple of weeks ago, but then developed triple vision in the same eye. Thinking it was another hole I went back to the doctor who checked and said I had no hole, nor did I have any leakage behind the retina (thank God!). He prescribed Lotemax 3-time a day, and in ONE day my vision improved! I would call this a wonder drug!

Donna DeRossette
Baton Rouge, LA

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