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Last Updated 15 Oct 2013

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Fluorometholone 0.1% eye drops

Fluorometholone (Floor-roh-meth-oh-loan) is a medicine which is used in non-infected inflammatory conditions of the eye that are responsive to steroid treatment.

The information in this Medicine Guide for Fluorometholone varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.

Fluorometholone 0.1% eye drops

Information specific to Fluorometholone 0.1% eye drops when used in non-infected inflammatory conditions of the eye that are responsive to steroid treatment

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Fluorometholone is a corticosteroid. Fluorometholone works by preventing or reducing inflammation. It is used to treat a number of conditions that are characterised by excessive inflammation. People who take corticosteroids for a long period of time are prone to infections as their immune system can become weak. These infections may be much more severe than they usually would be and the symptoms that would usually be used to identify such infections can be hidden. Fluorometholone can be absorbed into the body even though it is prescribed for eye problems. This can lead to side-effects that affect parts of the body other than the eye. If it is used for a long time or in large amounts, these side-effects are more likely to occur.

Other information about Fluorometholone:

Do not share your medicine with other people. It may not be suitable for them and may harm them.

The pharmacy label on your medicine tells you how much medicine you should use. It also tells you how often you should use your medicine. This is the dose that you and your prescriber have agreed you should use. You should not change the dose of your medicine unless you are told to do so by your prescriber.

If you feel that the medicine is making you unwell or you do not think it is working, then talk to your prescriber.

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When to take your medicine

Some medicines work best if they are taken at a specific time of day. Getting the most from your medicine can also be affected by the times at which you take other medicines.

Specific information on when to use Fluorometholone can be found in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with this medicine. Alternatively, you can request information about when to take your medicine from your doctor or pharmacist.

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How to take your medicine

Some medicines have specific instructions about how to take them. This is because they work better when taken correctly. These instructions can include getting the right dose and special instructions for preparing the medicine.

Specific information on how to use Fluorometholone can be found in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with this medicine or on the medicine label. Alternatively, you can request information about how to take your medicine from your doctor or pharmacist.

If you are having problems taking this form of Fluorometholone, you should talk to your prescriber or pharmacist. They may be able to give you advice on other ways to take your medicine or other preparations that are easier for you to take.

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Taking too much of your medicine

Taking extra doses of some medicines can be harmful. In some cases even one extra dose can cause you problems. If you take extra doses of your medicine, you must get medical advice immediately. This is because the effects of taking too much medicine are very complex so it is very important that you seek medical advice.

Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, specialist clinic or call 111 for advice.

Make sure you take all of your medicine containers with you if you are advised to go to hospital.

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Stopping your medicine

If you are not having any problems taking this medicine then do not stop using it, even if you feel better, unless advised to do so by your prescriber. If, however, you find that this medicine is causing you problems then you should talk to your prescriber about your concerns.

If your medical team decides that it is best that you do not take this medicine any more, they may advise that you do not stop Fluorometholone abruptly. This is because, in some instances, stopping Fluorometholone abruptly can cause withdrawal symptoms or cause your original condition to return. In these instances, reducing the dose of Fluorometholone gradually over time may reduce the chances of having these problems.

If you are in any doubt, contact your prescriber, pharmacist, specialist clinic or call 111.

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Looking after your medicine

The instructions on how you should keep your medicine are on the pharmacy label. It is a good idea to keep your medicine in the original container. This will help to keep your medicine in the best condition and also allow you to check the instructions. Do not take the medicine if the packaging appears to have been tampered with or if the medicine shows any signs of damage. Make sure that the medicine is out of the sight and reach of children.

Specific information on how to look after Fluorometholone can be found in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with this medicine or on the medicine label. Alternatively, you can request information about how to look after your medicine from your doctor or pharmacist.

You must not take the medicine after the expiry date shown on the packaging. If you have any unused medicine, return it to your pharmacist who will dispose of it safely.

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Whether this medicine is suitable for you

Fluorometholone is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.

Your prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all if you:

Furthermore the prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all for a child aged two and under.

As part of the process of assessing suitability to take this medicine a prescriber may also arrange tests:

  • to check that this medicine is not having any undesired effects

Over time it is possible that Fluorometholone can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that Fluorometholone has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.

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Side-effects

A medicine is only made available to the public if the clinical trials have shown that the benefits of taking the medicine outweigh the risks.

Once a medicine has been licensed, information on the medicine's effects, both intended and unintended, is continuously recorded and updated.

Some side-effects may be serious while others may only be a mild inconvenience.

Everyone's reaction to a medicine is different. It is difficult to predict which side-effects you will have from taking a particular medicine, or whether you will have any side-effects at all. The important thing is to tell your prescriber or pharmacist if you are having problems with your medicine.

Common: More than 1 in 100 people who use Fluorometholone:

  • increased pressure in the eye - this may lead to development of glaucoma, cataracts, other eye or eyesight problems or delayed wound healing. This may occur if Fluorometholone eye drops are used for a long period of time

The frequency of these side-effects is unknown:

  • a feeling of something in the eye
  • blurred vision
  • discharge from the eye
  • enlargement of the pupil
  • eye itching
  • eye or eyelid oedema
  • eye pain
  • hypersensitivity reactions
  • increased tear production
  • infection of the eye - this may occur if Fluorometholone eye drops are used for a long period of time
  • irritation or inflammation of the eye
  • other eye or eyesight problems
  • red eye
  • skin rash or rashes
  • taste changes
  • visual field defects

The following side effects have been reported in people who have had medicines similar to Fluorometholone. The frequency of these side-effects in people who use Fluorometholone is not known:

  • adrenal problems

If you feel unwell or if you have concerns about a side-effect, you will need to seek advice. If you feel very ill, get medical help straight away. Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, nurse or call 111.

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Taking other medicines

There are no known important interactions between Fluorometholone and other medicines. If you experience any unusual symptoms while using Fluorometholone and other medicines you should tell your prescriber.

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Complementary preparations and vitamins

Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.

If you are planning to take or are already taking any complementary preparations and vitamins you should ask your prescriber whether there are any known interactions with Fluorometholone.

Your prescriber can advise whether it is appropriate for you to take combinations that are known to interact. They can also discuss with you the possible effect that the complementary preparations and vitamins may have on your condition.

If you experience any unusual effects while taking this medicine in combination with complementary preparations and vitamins, you should tell your prescriber.

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Driving and operating machinery

When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.

In the case of Fluorometholone:

  • after putting Fluorometholone into your eye you may have blurred vision for a short time

You should see how this medicine affects you before you judge whether you are safe to drive or operate machinery. If you are in any doubt about whether you should drive or operate machinery, talk to your prescriber.

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Diet

Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your prescriber may advise you to avoid certain foods.

In the case of Fluorometholone:

  • there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when using Fluorometholone
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Alcohol

Alcohol can interact with certain medicines.

In the case of Fluorometholone:

  • there are no known interactions between alcohol and Fluorometholone
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Family planning and pregnancy

Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.

In the case of Fluorometholone:

  • the use of this medicine during pregnancy is not recommended

This medicine is not suitable during pregnancy. It is very important that you seek urgent medical advice if you become pregnant or think you have become pregnant while taking this medicine.

If you are planning to become pregnant, you should discuss your personal circumstances with your doctor so that together you can make a decision about what treatment you may need during your pregnancy.

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Breast-feeding

Certain medicines can pass into breast milk and may reach your baby through breast-feeding.

In the case of Fluorometholone:

  • women who are breast-feeding must not use this medicine

Before you have your baby you should discuss breast-feeding with your doctor or midwife. If you wish to breast-feed you should discuss with your prescriber whether there are any other medicines you could take which would also allow you to breast-feed. You should not stop this medicine without taking advice from your doctor.

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Ingredients of your medicine

Medicines contain active ingredients. They may also contain other, additional ingredients that help ensure the stability, safety and effectiveness of the medicine. They are also added to improve the medicine's appearance and to make it easier to use. Some may be used to prolong the life of the medicine.

This medicine contains fluorometholone.

We are unable to list all of the ingredients for your medicine here. For a full list, you should refer to the patient information leaflet that comes with this medicine. You should check that you are able to take the ingredients of your medicine, especially if you have any allergies. You should also check whether any of these ingredients are known to have side-effects.

If you are not able to take any of the ingredients in your medicine, talk to your prescriber or pharmacist to see if they can suggest an alternative medicine. If you have reacted badly to Fluorometholone before, do not take Fluorometholone. Talk to your prescriber, pharmacist or nurse as soon as possible.

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Fluorometholone, Version 6, last updated 15 Oct 2013