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Alrex is a steroid medicine (corticosteroids) made up of loteprednol. It can be purchased as Alrex (brand) or as loteprednol (generic), and comes in a strength of 0.20%. It usually comes in a white bottle with a pink cap.
Alrex is a medication used to (temporarily) help relieve inflammation in the eye, such as swelling, redness and itching. Some of the conditions where one may be prescribed Alrex include allergies, shingles, and severe acne.
Loteprednol is used because it is a corticosteroid, which are steroids that resemble cortisol (a natural hormone in your body) and work by decreasing inflammation and reducing activity of the immune system.
Follow directions given by your doctor. Average dose is 1 drop in effected eye 4 times daily.
Do not wear contacts while using this medication
Avoid allowing the tip, where the medicine is dispensed, from touching anything other than the lid it came with otherwise you risk bacteria getting on the bottle and into your medication resulting in an eye infection.
Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old.
Avoid putting solution directly on your cornea; create a pouch by pulling back your lower eyelid.
Tell your doctor about any current or past eye problems you have.
This medication may not be safe to use while breast feeding; consult your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had glaucoma or cataracts.
Visit your doctor if you have been using Alrex for more than 10 days as you may need to check on the pressure in your eyes.
Common side effects may include:
Call your doctor if:
What is the best way to store this medication?
Do not freeze this medication, keep in upright position at room temperature.
My 13 year old has the same condition as I do, can I share my eye drops?
For one, Alrex is not meant for those under 18. Secondly, never share your medication with others as bacteria can become present and cause infections.
I missed a dose, can I double up on drops?
NO! Never double your dosage. Only take it if your next dose is not yet approaching
What is the average recommended dose?
Apply one drop into affected eye(s) 4 times per day.
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