Generic Name: prednisolone ophthalmic (pred NIS oh lone)Brand Names: Econopred Plus, Omnipred, Pred Forte, Pred Mild, Prednisol
Prednisolone is a steroid medicine. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.Prednisolone ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat eye swelling caused by allergy, infection, injury, surgery, or other conditions.
Prednisolone ophthalmic may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.What is the most important information I should know about AK-Pred (prednisolone ophthalmic)?You should not use this medication if you are allergic to prednisolone or other steroids, or if you have certain types of infection (viral, fungal, or bacterial) that can affect your eyes.
Before using prednisolone ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you have glaucoma, herpes, or if you have recently had cataract surgery.Do not use prednisolone ophthalmic while you are wearing contact lenses. This medication may contain a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses and cause discoloration. Wait at least 15 minutes after using prednisolone before putting your contact lenses in. Shake the eye drops gently before each use.
Do not allow the dropper tip to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.If you still have pain or swelling after 2 days of treatment, stop using this medication and call your doctor. Do not stop using prednisolone ophthalmic suddenly after long-term use without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using AK-Pred (prednisolone ophthalmic)?You should not use this medication if you are allergic to prednisolone or other steroids, or if you have certain types of infection (viral, fungal, or bacterial) that can affect your eyes.
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use prednisolone ophthalmic:
recent cataract surgery; or
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.Wash your hands before using prednisolone ophthalmic.
To apply the eye drops:
Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the dropper tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye.
Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct. If you use more than one drop in the same eye, wait about 5 minutes before putting in the next drop.
Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.
Do not allow the dropper tip to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.
If you use prednisolone ophthalmic for longer than 10 days, your eyes will need to be checked on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle or tube tightly capped. Do not allow this medicine to freeze.
Use the medication as soon as you remember the missed dose. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and use the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
An overdose of prednisolone ophthalmic is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms.
Do not use prednisolone ophthalmic while you are wearing contact lenses. This medication may contain a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses and cause discoloration. Wait at least 15 minutes after using prednisolone ophthalmic before putting your contact lenses in.
Do not use any other eye medications unless your doctor has prescribed them.Prednisolone ophthalmic can cause side effects that may impair your vision. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to see clearly.
pain behind your eyes, sudden vision changes, severe headache;
sudden eye irritation;
blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights; or
signs of new eye infection, such as swelling, draining, or crusting of your eyes.
Less serious side effects may include:
temporary cloudy vision;
increased sensitivity to light; or
mild stinging, burning, itching, or irritation in your eyes.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on prednisolone used in the eyes. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.