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Alrex (ophthalmic)

Generic name: loteprednol (ophthalmic) [lo-te-PRED-nol-off-THAL-mik]
Names of brands: Alrex, Eysuvis, Inveltys, Lotemax, Lotemax SM
Classification of drugs: ophthalmic steroids

What is the Alrex ophthalmic?

Alrex (for the eyes) is a steroid medication that treats inflammation of the eyes caused by allergic reactions, shingles (herpes zoster), serious acne irritation, or other conditions.

Alrex can also be used to treat swelling and pain following eye surgery.

The Eysuvis version, which is a part of Alrex, can be used for treating dry eye syndrome.

Alrex could be used for other purposes that are not covered in this guide.

Side effects of Alrex

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms or warning signs of an allergic response, like hives, trouble breathing, or swelling of your lips, face, or tongue,

Alrex could cause severe adverse effects. See your doctor immediately If you have:

  • Eye pain after using drops
  • An increase in redness and redness that is worsening;
  • Eye swelling, pain, or trouble closing your eyes;
  • Pain behind your eyes, sudden vision changes;
  • Tunnel vision and seeing halos of lights tunnel vision, seeing halos around lights
  • Symptoms of signs of eye disease—redness or extreme discomfort, bleeding, or crusting.

Common negative side effects of Alrex can include:

  • Minor burns when using drops for the eyes;
  • Blurred vision, pain in the eye;
  • Eye dryness or achy eyes;
  • You feel like something is visible in your eyes.
  • Your eyes could become more sensitive to the light.
  • Headache
  • Runny nose, sore throat

This isn't an exhaustive list of possible side effects, and other side effects could be present. Contact your doctor for advice regarding medical effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


It is not recommended to use Alrex in the event of an infection of the eye (including herpes simplex).

Before you take this drug

Do not take Alrex if you are allergic to it or if you suffer from eye-related infections (including herpes simplex).

Inform your doctor if you were ever diagnosed with:

  • Glaucoma;
  • Cataracts are also known as cataract surgery.

Talk to your physician if are breastfeeding or expecting.

Alrex is not a product that has been approved to be used by anyone younger than 18 years old.

How to take Alrex Ophthalmic?

Follow all instructions on your prescription label, and review all medication guides and instructions sheets. Make sure you use the medication exactly as prescribed.Do not wear contacts that are soft. Preservatives in Alrex can permanently stain your lenses. Take the medication at least 15 minutes prior to inserting your contact lenses.Cleanse your hands before applying eye drops.Make sure to shake your drops for the eye well prior to every use. If you're using gel, make sure to turn the bottle upside-down and shake the bottle once to fill the tip of the dropper with gel.To apply this medicine, tilt your head slightly back and then pull the lower eyelid, creating tiny pockets. Keep the dropper over the eye and put a drop in the pocket. Keep your eyes closed for one or two minutes.

Make sure you only use the drops that your doctor has recommended.Take at least 5 minutes before applying or using any eye drop that your physician has recommended.Do not touch the edge of the dropper for your eyes, or put the dropper directly onto your eyes. A dropper that is contaminated could cause an eye infection, which could cause serious vision problems.If you are taking this medicine for more than 10 days, you may require regular examinations of your vision to assess the pressure in your eyes.This medication is intended for short-term use. Contact your physician. If your symptoms don't improve after two treatments,Don't take this medicine for longer than your physician has advised.The medicine should be stored in a straight position at room temperature. Don't freeze it.

Do I be concerned if I miss a dose?

Take the medication as quickly as you are able. Do not take more than two doses at once.

What will happen if I take excessively?

A dose of Alrex ophthalmic that is too high isn't likely to pose a risk. Get medical attention immediately, or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222, in the event that someone has swallowed the drug accidentally.

What should be avoided?

Don't share Alrex with someone else, even if they share similar symptoms as you do.This medication can cause blurred vision and a decrease in your reactions. Avoid driving or engaging in hazardous activities until you are aware of the effects this medicine can have on your vision.

Interaction with other drugs

The eye medicine is unlikely to be affected by other medicines you take. However, many medications can interfere with each other. Inform your health care providers about the medications you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal remedies.