click here for details       Lotemax ointment,     Lotemax gel  (U.S.N.L.M.)
ointment:
gel:
1/2" ribbon applied qid beginning 24 hours after surgery and for following 2 weeks.
1 or 2 drops applied qid beginning 24 hours after surgery and for following 2 weeks.
Chem Specs loteprednol etabonate 0.5%
Quantities Ointment: 3.5 gram tube.   Gel: 5g in 10ml bottle.
Cost $193/gel
Class Ester based "soft" steroid.
Action Anti-inflammatory
Indications Post-operative inflammation and pain.
Gel often used for inflammatory dry eye, uveitis, inflamed pinguecula and pterygia.
Ointment may be used for contact dermatitis.
Prolonged use may cause glaucoma, cataracts, bacterial and fungal overgrowth.
Contraindications Most viral diseases of the cornea and conjunctiva including epithelial herpes simplex
keratitis, vaccinia, and varicella, mycobacterial and fungal disease. Hypersensitivity
to any of the ingredients of this preparation and to other corticosteroids.
Pediatric use Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.
Pregnancy Category C
Contact lenses should not be used during course of therapy.     Gel contains
moisturizers glycerin and propylene glycol and polycarbophil mucoadhesive polymer.
Gel comes in a bottle with BAK (0.003%). Ointment comes in a tube and is unpreserved.