Fluorometholone review

Fluorometholone is a drug used for the eyes. This corticosteroid is usually administered right after a laser-based refractive surgery.

Fluorometholone is used to treat steroid responsive inflammatory condition of the cornea, palpebral, anterior segment, and bulbar conjunctiva of the eye. It works by preventing the release of substances inside the body that is causing inflammation. This medication is being distributed under the brand names Flarex and FML.

This medication can also be used for other eye treatment.

Fluorometholone comes in two variants. It can be in a form of ointment or an eye drop. Whether you are using the eye drop or ointment, you must use it according to the prescribed label included in the package or follow the directions and prescriptions of your doctor.

Never use this medication more than what is required to avoid any further damage to the eyes. Do not attempt to stop medication without consulting your doctor. In most cases, the doctor will advise you to reduce the dosage before stopping the medication.

Side effects usually happen when using certain drugs. This is due to the ingredients used in medicines that may react to our body. Fluorometholone just like any other drugs causes side effects. Some of the most common side effects include eye irritation, vision changes, headache, swelling, and eye infection. If any of the side effects occur, you must consult your doctor.

Tell your doctor if you are allergic to Fluorometholone and other similar medicines. You must also inform your doctor if you have other eye infections, tuberculosis, ocular herpes, and other medical condition.

Avoid using your contact lenses after application of Fluorometholone. The medication may interact with the contact lenses and cause damage. If you need to wear your contact lenses, you should wait at least 15 minutes after medication.

The tip of the dropper should always be protected and clean. This is to avoid contamination and may cause several infections to the eyes that are very fatal and may even cause permanent blindness.

If you have plans to get pregnant or you are already pregnant, inform your doctor before using the medication. This is to ensure that the drug does not affect the unborn baby.

A regular check up must be conducted in order to ensure the safety of the eyes. This also helps your doctor determine if you need a higher dose or not.

Before applying the medication, you must wash your hands and dry to avoid any contamination that may cause infections.

Check the liquid for any particles or colorization before using it. If you find any particles and notice colorization, consult your doctor before continuing with the medication.

While under medication, it is best to avoid driving because this drug can affect the normal vision. Also avoid other activities that require normal vision.

This drug is prescribed for a specific purpose and should never be shared to others even with the same eye condition. The drug should be kept in a safe and clean place away of children’s reach.

Fluorometholone has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of fluorometholone

• Molecular formula of fluorometholone is C22H29FO4
• Chemical IUPAC Name is (6S,8S,9R,10S,11S,13S,14S,17R)-17-acetyl-9-fluoro-11,17-dihydroxy-6,10,13- trimethyl-6,7,8,11,12,14,15,16-octahydrocyclopenta[a]phenanthren-3-one
• Molecular weight is 376.462 g/mol

Brand name(s): Cortilet, Delmeson, Efflumidex, Flarex, Fluaton, Flumetholon, Fluor-op, Fluormetholon, Fluoromethalone, Loticort, Oxylone, Trilcin, Ursnon

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