Generic Name: rimexolone ophthalmic (rye MEX oh lone)Brand Names: Vexol
Rimexolone ophthalmic is in a class of drugs called corticosteroids. It inhibits processes in the body that cause inflammation. Therefore, the swelling and pain of inflammatory conditions is decreased.Rimexolone ophthalmic is used to treat eye inflammation caused by infections, injury, surgery, or other conditions.
Rimexolone ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.What is the most important information I should know about rimexolone ophthalmic?Do not stop using this medication suddenly if you have been using it for several weeks or more. Before stopping, you may need to reduce the dose over several days to prevent side effects.
Contact your doctor if your symptoms begin to get worse or if you do not see any improvement in your condition after a few days.Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.
Apply light pressure to the inside corner of your eye (near your nose) after each drop to prevent the fluid from draining down your tear ducts.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking rimexolone ophthalmic?Do not use rimexolone ophthalmic if you have a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection in your eye without also receiving proper anti-infective treatment. Rimexolone ophthalmic is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether rimexolone ophthalmic will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is also not known whether rimexolone ophthalmic passes into breast milk. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Use rimexolone ophthalmic eyedrops exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.Wash your hands before using the eyedrops.
To apply the eyedrops:
Shake the bottle gently to be sure the medicine is well mixed. Tilt your head back slightly and pull down on your lower eyelid. Position the dropper above your eye. Look up and away from the dropper. Squeeze out the prescribed number of drops and close your eye. Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of your eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to prevent the liquid from draining down your tear duct. If you are using drops in both eyes, repeat the process in the other eye.
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one as directed. Do not use a double dose of this medication.
An overdose of this medication is unlikely to occur. If you do suspect an overdose, call an emergency room or poison control center near you. If the drops have been ingested, call an emergency center for advice.
If you wear contact lenses, ask your doctor if you should wear them during treatment with rimexolone ophthalmic.
Serious side effects are not expected with this medication. Rarely, an increase in the pressure inside of the eye, formation of cataracts, or perforation of the cornea have been reported. Talk to your doctor about any possible side effects.
More commonly, some burning, stinging, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, or sensitivity to light may occur.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Usual Adult Dose for Postoperative Ocular Inflammation:
1 to 2 drops into the affected eye(s) 4 times a day beginning 24 hours after surgery and continuing for 2 weeks.
Usual Adult Dose for Uveitis:
1 to 2 drops into the affected eye every hour during waking hours for the first week, then 1 drop every 2 hours during waking hours the second week, then taper to clinical response until uveitis resolved.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are taking an oral steroid medication such as prednisone (Deltasone, Orasone, others), methylprednisolone (Medrol), hydrocortisone (Cortef, Hydrocortone), and others.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with rimexolone ophthalmic. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.