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Lotemax SM (loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic gel)


Lotemax SM (loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic gel)

Prescription Required

3.8mg 5g

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  • Product Details


    Lotemax SM (Loteprednol Etabonate Ophthalmic Gel) 0.38% is a corticosteroid used for the treatment of inflammation and pain after eye surgery.

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    Chemical Name


    Elimination half-life

    2.8 hrs

    Dosage (Strength)

    3.8mg 5g


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    Lotemax SM

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    Routes of administration

    Eye drops


    Lotemax SM is available as a sterile preserved gel for use in the eye only.

    Before instilling the gel into the eye, turn the closed bottle upside down and shake once to fill the tip.

    Instill one drop into the affected eye(s) three times a day for two weeks beginning the day after surgery.


    Each gram of gel contains 3.8 mg of loteprednol etabonate. 


    Do not use Lotemax SM if you have a viral eye disease or a bacterial or fungal eye infection.


    • Before you start using Lotemax SM eye gel, inform your doctor:
      • About your allergies
      • About all the medications you take, including other eye drops or eye gels
      • About your health conditions
      • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
      • If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed
    • Using Lotemax SM for a long time can increase your risk for glaucoma or other vision problems. Your intraocular pressure should be checked if you use Lotemax SM for more than 10 days.
    • Tell your doctor if you have cataracts.
    • Lotemax SM may prolong healing time and increase the risk for bleb formation after cataract surgery. 
    • Using Lotemax SM for a long time can increase the risk for secondary eye infections and mask or worsen active purulent infections.
    • Using Lotemax SM for a long time can lengthen the course of or worsen the symptoms of viral eye infections, including herpes simplex.
    • Using Lotemax SM for a long time can increase your risk for fungal eye infections.
    • You should not wear contact lenses when your eyes are inflamed.

    Side Effects

    Lotemax SM may cause blurry vision, light sensitivity, eye swelling, or eye redness. 

    Contact your doctor right away if you experience bothersome or persistent side effects.


    1. Lotemax SM Prescribing Information. Tampa, FL: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated; 2020.
    2. Loteprednol (Ophthalmic Route). Mayo Clinic. Last updated May 1, 2021. Accessed February 6, 2022.

    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 : 13612

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