What is a Patient Information Leaflet and why is it useful?

The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from this version because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged.

Below is a text only representation of the Patient Information Leaflet, the original can be viewed in PDF format using the link above.

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Pred Forte

Package leaflet: Information for the user

PRED FORTE 1% w/v Eye Drops, Suspension

Prednisolone acetate

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains important information for you.

  • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
  • If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
  • If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.

What is in this leaflet:

1. What PRED FORTE is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use PRED FORTE
3. How to use PRED FORTE
4. Possible side effects
5 How to store PRED FORTE
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. What PRED FORTE is and what it is used for

PRED FORTE belongs to a group of medicines known as steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. PRED FORTE is used in adults for the short-term treatment of eye inflammation.

It reduces the irritation, burning, redness and swelling of eye inflammation caused by chemicals, heat, radiation, allergy, or foreign objects in the eye.

2. What you need to know before you use PRED FORTE

Do not use PRED FORTE

  • If you are allergic to prednisolone acetate, benzalkonium chloride or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)
  • If you suffer from viral, fungal or bacterial eye infections
  • If you suffer from tuberculosis of the eye
  • If you have injuries to or ulcers on the cornea
  • If you have previously had herpes simplex

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor before using PRED FORTE if you suffer from, or have in the past suffered from:

  • Eye ulcers or have had a disease or treatment to the eye that caused the tissue to become thin
  • You have glaucoma or are being treated for raised pressure within the eye
  • You have had surgery for cataracts
  • Bacterial, viral or fungal eye infections

Contact your doctor if you experience blurred vision or other visual disturbances.

Tell your doctor before using PRED FORTE, if you are:

Using or have used other steroid eye drops, as frequent or long-term use of steroids can result in additional side effects.

Other medicines and Pred Forte

Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.

Some medicines may increase the effects of PRED FORTE and your doctor may wish to monitor you carefully if you are taking these medicines (including some medicines for HIV: ritonavir, cobicistat).

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine as steroids may be harmful to the baby.

Driving and using machines

PRED FORTE may cause temporary blurred vision. Do not drive or use machinery until the symptoms have cleared.

PRED FORTE contains benzalkonium chloride

Contact lenses

  • Do not use the drops while your contact lenses are in your eyes. Wait at least 15 minutes after using the eye drops before putting your lenses back in your eyes.
  • A preservative in PRED FORTE (benzalkonium chloride) may cause eye irritation. PRED FORTE should not be used whilst soft contact lenses are in place, as it may discolour them.

3. How to use PRED FORTE

Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

The recommended dose is 1 or 2 drops into the affected eye(s) 2 to 4 times a day. During the first two days of treatment you may be asked to apply the drops as often as every hour.

Instructions for use

You must not use the bottle if the tamper-proof seal on the bottle neck is broken before you first use it.

Apply your eye drops in the following way:

1. Wash your hands. Shake the bottle well before use. Tilt your head back and look at the ceiling.
2. Gently pull the lower eyelid down until there is a small pocket.
3. Turn the bottle upside down and squeeze it to release one or two drops into each eye that needs treatment.
4. Let go of the lower lid, and close your eye. Press your finger against the corner of your eye (the side where your eye meets your nose) for one minute.

If a drop misses your eye, try again.

To avoid eye injury and contamination, do not let the tip of the dropper touch your eye or anything else.

Replace and tighten the cap straight after use.

Wipe off any excess liquid from your cheek with a clean tissue.

If you use this medicine for more than 10 days, your doctor may ask you to have check-ups. These are to make sure that your medicine is working properly and that the dose you are taking is right for you. Your doctor will check your eyes for:

  • an increase in pressure
  • cataracts
  • infection

The proper application of your eye drops is very important. If you have any questions ask your doctor or pharmacist.

If you use more PRED FORTE than you should

Putting too many drops in your eye(s) is unlikely to lead to unwanted side effects. If you have placed too many drops in your eye(s), wash your eye(s) with clean water. Apply your next dose at the normal time.

If, by accident, anyone drinks this medicine, contact your doctor straight away.

If you forget to use PRED FORTE

If you forget a dose apply it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose, in which case you should miss out the forgotten dose. Then apply your next dose as usual and continue with your normal routine.

Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

If you stop using PRED FORTE

PRED FORTE should be used as advised by your doctor. Do not stop using PRED FORTE until your doctor has told you to. If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. Possible Side Effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

You should see your doctor immediately if you experience:

  • ulcers on the surface of the eye
  • severe pain in the eye

You should see your doctor if any of the following effects prove troublesome or if they are long-lasting:

  • allergic reaction
  • headache
  • increased pressure within the eye
  • centre of the eye becomes cloudy (cataracts)
  • a feeling that something is in your eye
  • eye infections (bacterial, fungal or viral)
  • mild stinging or irritation
  • red eye
  • blurred or poor vision
  • pupil dilation
  • change in sense of taste
  • rash or itching

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via:

Yellow Card Scheme
Website:www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard

By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store PRED FORTE

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Discard the bottle 28 days after opening, even if there is solution remaining.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the bottle label and the bottom of the carton after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month for an unopened bottle.

Do not store above 25°C (room temperature). Do not freeze.

Do not use this medicine if you notice the tamper-proof seal is broken.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

6. Contents of the pack and other information

What PRED FORTE contains

  • The active substance is Prednisolone acetate 1.0% w/v.
  • The other ingredients are benzalkonium chloride, disodium edetate, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, polysorbate 80, boric acid, sodium citrate, sodium chloride and purified water.

What PRED FORTE looks like and contents of the pack

PRED FORTE is a sterile eye drop suspension in a plastic bottle.

Each carton contains 1 plastic bottle with a screw cap. Each bottle is about half full and contains 5 ml or 10 ml of the eye drops as written on the front of the carton.

Marketing Authorisation Holder

Allergan Limited
Marlow International
The Parkway
Marlow
Bucks
SL7 1YL

If you would like further information, please contact Medical Information at Allergan Ltd. Tel: 01628 494026 or Email: [email protected]

Manufacturer

Allergan Pharmaceuticals Ireland
Westport
Co Mayo
Ireland

This leaflet was last revised in September 2017.

Version 5

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