What is Alrex?
Alrex (generic name loteprednol etabonate) is an ocular fluid used to treat the symptoms of seasonal allergic conjunctivitis. This medication helps manage swelling, itching, and redness of the eyes.
This is available in Alrex 0.2% sterile ophthalmic suspension.
How does Alrex work?
This corticosteroid works by inhibiting the inflammatory response to different inciting agents. This drug is thought to inhibit prostaglandin production via independent mechanisms. It controls the biosynthesis of certain potent mediators of inflammation, including prostaglandins and leukotrienes.
How to use Alrex
Read the medication information sheet that comes with this medicine to get started. Avoid using these eye drops solution if you have not fully understood the drug information and instructions in the guide provided. If you need further medical advice on your condition or have queries on this treatment, you can ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Remember to use this solution precisely as directed. This is usually prescribed four times daily. Do not alter your Alrex dosage and length of treatment as they will depend on your medical condition and response to treatment. Also, do not stop using these prescription eye drops suddenly because it could worsen your condition.
Step by step guide in using Alrex:
- Always wash your hand each time you will use this medication to prevent infection and contamination. Contaminated products may cause an eye infection, serious damage to the eye, or loss of vision.
- Shake the bottle well before using.
- Assume a position where you are most comfortable. Tilt your head back slightly and look upward. Then, gently pull your lower eyelid down to make a pouch.
- Hold the dropper of the medication directly above your eye and squeeze the bottle to release one drop.
- Look down. Close your eyes for about one to two minutes. Press the inner corner of your eyes to prevent the solution from draining. Blink, squint or wipe your eyes.
Note that if you are prescribed other eye medications, there should be at least five to ten minutes intervals between each. Eye drops should also be applied first before eye ointments to allow absorption.
Alrex Side Effects
Common side effects:
- Mild stinging or burning in the eye upon application
- Temporary blurred vision
- Watery eyes
For the most part, the side effects caused by these eye drops are mild and temporary. If the adverse reactions get worse or persist over time, you may have to hold the drug and consult your doctor or any healthcare provider. Additionally, you must report severe side effects, such as:
- Eye pain
- Eye discharge
- Eye swelling
- Persistent redness of the eye
This is not a complete or full list of Alrex’s side effects.
Before starting to use this prescription medication, it is important to disclose your full medical history to your physician, especially glaucoma, myopia or severe nearsightedness, cataract, diabetes, eye infection, recent eye surgery, or other vision problems. Certain conditions may affect how you will respond to treatment. You must also tell your physician about all the prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products you are taking, for they might have drug interactions with this corticosteroid.
While on this therapy, keep an eye out for any allergic reactions. Do not use these prescription eye drops if you have a known allergy to loteprednol or any inactive ingredients it may contain. Discontinue medication and seek emergency medical attention once you experience signs of hypersensitivity, including severe dizziness, red patches on the skin, itching, swelling of the face and neck, and breathing trouble.
After you administer this medication, you may experience temporary blurring of vision or other vision changes. Do not operate machinery, drive, or perform any activities that require clear vision until you are sure it is safe.
It is still unknown whether this ophthalmic solution could cause harm to pregnant moms, breastfeeding moms, and their children. Use this medication only if it is absolutely necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does this medication have a steroid in it?
Yes, corticosteroid is an active ingredient of this medication.
What is the difference between Alrex and Lotemax?
On Alrex vs Lotemax, both medications contain loteprednol, but lotemax is available in gel, ointment, and suspension forms.
Should I store this medication in the refrigerator?
You should not freeze or store this drug in the refrigerator. Keep it at room temperature.
Are Alrex Eye Drops over the counter?
To purchase this drug, you must have a valid doctor’s prescription.
How much does the Alrex (loteprednol) ophthalmic solution cost?
You can check the price of this medication from this page.
Maple Leaf Medications has provided information from third parties intended to increase awareness and does not contain all the information about Alrex (Loteprednol Etabonate). Talk to your doctor or a qualified medical practitioner for medical attention, advice, or if you have any concerns about Alrex (Loteprednol Etabonate).