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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Lotemax (Loteprednol)

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Lotemax (Loteprednol)

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0.5%

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Generic

Generic Equivalent - Lotemax (Loteprednol)

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0.5% Eye drops

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  • Product Details

    Description

    Lotemax is a prescription gel that your eye doctor may prescribe to treat inflammation and pain after eye surgery.

    After surgery, the immune system activates because the tissue around the operative site needs to heal. Inflammation and pain are part of the normal healing process, but too much can slow down healing.

    Lotemox is a topical corticosteroid. It reduces the immune response, including swelling, redness, and scar formation. Lotemax readily enters the cells around the eye after being applied.

    Directions

    After surgery, apply one to two drops into the conjunctival sac four times daily starting the day after surgery. Usually, Lotemax is taken for two weeks, but this may vary depending on your doctor's instructions.

    Ingredients

    The active ingredient in Lotemax is loteprednol.

    Interactions

    There are no known significant interactions.

    However, Lotemax should not be given simultaneously as other eye medications. Separate their administration by at least 15 minutes.

    Cautions

    Using Lotemax for an extended period can increase the risk of increased intraocular pressure (IOP), which can result in glaucoma and damage to vision.

    Tell your doctor if you have a history of cataracts.

    Long-term steroid use can delay healing. The eyes should be examined each time the prescription is to be renewed.

    Prolonged use of steroids can increase the risk of bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. Tell your doctor if you develop any increased redness, itching, or pain while taking Lotemax.

    Side Effects

    The most common side effects of this medication include:

    • Anterior Chamber Inflammation
    • Application Site Burning
    • Application Site Pain
    • Blurred Vision
    • Chemosis
    • Conjunctival Hyperemia
    • Conjunctivitis
    • Corneal Changes
    • Corneal Edema
    • Epiphora
    • Erythema Of Eyelid
    • Eye Discharge
    • Eye Discomfort
    • Eye Irritation
    • Eye Pain
    • Eye Pruritus
    • Foreign Body Sensation Of Eye
    • Headache
    • Increased Intraocular Pressure
    • Injected Sclera
    • Keratoconjunctivitis
    • Papilla
    • Pharyngitis
    • Photophobia
    • Rhinitis
    • Secondary Cataract
    • Uveitis
    • Visual Disturbance
    • Xerophthalmia

    References

    Lotemax [package insert]. Tampa, FL: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated; 1998.



    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 : 5467

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