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Brand names: Inf-Oph, Pred Forte
Generic name: Prednisolone
Manufacturer: Seng Thai Company
This medication is used to treat certain eye conditions. It belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. Prednisolone works by relieving swelling and itching.
HOW TO USE
To apply eye drops, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface. If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them before using eye drops. Wait at least 15 minutes before replacing your contact lenses. Shake this medication well before using. Tilt your head back, look upward, and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over your eye and place 1 drop into the pouch. Look downward and gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes. Place one finger at the corner of your eye (near the nose) and apply gentle pressure. This will prevent the medication from draining out. Try not to blink and do not rub your eye. Repeat these steps for your other eye if so directed or if your dose is for more than 1 drop. Do not rinse the dropper. Replace the dropper cap after each use. If you are using another kind of eye medication (e.g., drops or ointments), wait at least 5 to 10 minutes before applying other medications. Use eye drops before eye ointments to allow the drops to enter the eye. Use as often as directed by your doctor, usually 2 to 4 times a day. However, your doctor may direct you to use the drops more often for the first 48 hours of treatment. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day. Continue using it for the full time prescribed. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after 48 hours.
Eye stinging/burning/redness and temporary blurred vision may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a new eye infection (possibly fungal). Contact your doctor if you notice new eye symptoms (e.g., itch, yellow/green discharge). Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: vision changes, headache, dizziness, sore throat, irritated/runny nose, new eye pain, dry eyes, change in taste. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Before using prednisolone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other corticosteroids (e.g., dexamethasone); or to sulfites; or if you have any other allergies. This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: certain eye infections caused by viruses/mycobacteria/fungus. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: cataracts, recent eye surgery, glaucoma (open-angle), diabetes, severe nearsightedness (myopia), recent heart attack. After you apply this drug, your vision may become temporarily blurred. Use caution while driving, using machinery, or doing any other activity that requires clear vision. Limit alcoholic beverages. If you develop a new eye condition (e.g., infection, eye surgery, eye injury) while using these eye drops, discuss with your doctor whether you should start a new bottle of eye drops. During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor immediately. It is not known whether prednisolone given as an eye drop passes into breast milk. However, prednisolone passes into breast milk when taken by mouth. Therefore, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If swallowing or overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US National Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Different manufacturers have different storage temperature directions, so consult your pharmacist for more information. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle upright and tightly closed when not in use. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Do not share this medication with others. Infection may spread if this bottle is used by more than one person. Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., intraocular pressure) may be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
In some countries PRED FORTE may also be known as: Inf-Oph, Prednisolone, Deltastab, Econopred, Ultracortenol, PRED MILD , Cortizul, Ultracortenol, Panafcortelone, Predmix, Predsol, Predsolone, Redipred, Sterofrin, Aprednislon, Kuhlprednon, Prednihexal, Solu-Dacortin, Oftpred, Predsim, Inflamase, Pred Mild, Predsolets, Inflanefran, Linola-H N, Linola-H-Fett N, Predni-POS, Solu-Decortin H, Pred-Clysma, Di-Adreson-F, Hydrocortancyl, Solupred, Dermosolon, duraprednisolon, hefasolon, Infectocortikrupp, Klismacort, Predni-POS, Predni-Ophtal, Prednigalen, Prezolon, Predisyr, Dhasolone, Encortolon, Mecortolon, Frisolona, Lepicortinolo, Sintisone, Solu-Dacortina, Precortalon aquosum, Hexacortone, Codelsol, Deltacortril, Gupisone, Precortisyl, Predenema, Key-Pred-SP, Meticortelone, Pred-Phosphate, Sophipren