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FML (Flurometholone) Eyedrops


FML (Flurometholone) Eyedrops

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    What is FML Eyedrops?

    • FML Eyedrops (Fluorometholone) is a prescription medication used to treat inflammation in the eye.

    How does it work?

    • Fluorometholone is a corticosteroid that works by decreasing your immune system’s ability to mount an inflammatory response.

    How is it supplied?

    How should I store it?

    • Store your Fluorometholone eye drops at room temperature and keep it out of reach of children.


    Are there any special instructions?

    • Click here to watch an instructional video about using eye drops.
    • Shake well before using.
    • Avoid contaminating the tip of the eyedrop bottle.
    • Replace the cap after each use.
    • Do not abruptly stop your treatment unless instructed to by your doctor.
    • If your pain and inflammation last do not improve after two days of using FML Eyedrops, contact your doctor.
      • If your symptoms get worse, contact your doctor immediately.
    • Do not apply FML Eyedrops if you have soft contact lenses on your eyes. Wait at least fifteen minutes after application before putting in your contacts.

    What is the usual dose?

    • Instill one drop into the affected eye 2-4 times per day.
      • Your doctor could increase or decrease your dose as needed.


    What is the active ingredient in FML Eyedrops?

    • Fluorometholone

    What are the inactive ingredients?

    • For a complete list of inactive ingredients, click here or check the product packaging.
    Fact Table
    Formula C22H29FO4
    License US: FDA
    Routes of administration Ophthalmic
    Legal status Rx Only
    Chemical Name Fluorometholone
    Elimination half-life -
    Dosage (Strength) 0.1%
    Pregnancy Risk not ruled out
    Brands FML
    Protein binding -
    PubChem CID 9878
    MedlinePlus a682660
    ChEBI 31625
    ATC code C05AA06, D07AB06, D07XB04, D10AA01, S01BA07
    DrugBank DB00324
    KEGG D01367
    Bioavailability -


    Fluorometholone could interact with the following medications:


    Who should avoid taking FML Eyedrops?

    • Do not use FML Eyedrops if you have a known allergy to any of the ingredients.
    • Do not use FML Eyedrops if you have an active bacterial, fungal, or viral infection of the eye.

    What are the risks?

    • If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or considering becoming pregnant, talk to your doctor about the risks of using FML Eyedrops.
    • Prolonged use of ophthalmic corticosteroids can lead to increased intraocular pressure.
    • Use of ophthalmic corticosteroids can increase your risk of secondary infections in the eye.
    • You could experience corneal or scleral thinning as a result of using FML Eyedrops
    • FML Eyedrops could mask the symptoms of an active eye infection
    • FLM Eyedrops could increase healing time after cataract surgery

    Side Effects

    What are the possible side effects of FML Eyedrops?

    • Elevation of intraocular pressure
    • Optic nerve damage
    • Glaucoma
    • Posterior subcapsular cataract formation
    • Delayed wound healing
    • Keratitis
    • Conjunctivitis
    • Corneal ulcers
    • Mydriasis
    • Conjunctival hyperemia
    • Secondary infections
    • Stinging or burning sensation of the eye
    • Erythema of the eyelid
    • Eye swelling
    • Eye discharge
    • Eye pain
    • Itching
    • Increase lacrimation
    • Rash
    • Taste disturbance
    • Visual disturbance


    Other Considerations

    • Always talk to your doctor before using eye drops for inflammation.


    1. DailyMed - FML- FLUOROMETHOLONE suspension/ drops. (2019). Retrieved May 21, 2020.
    2. Methods for Instilling Eye Drops. (2016). Retrieved May 21, 2020.
    3. FML drug interactions. (n.d.). Retrieved May 21, 2020.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 1541

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