FML/FLAREX (Fluorometholone)
FML/FLAREX (Fluorometholone)
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FML/FLAREX (Fluorometholone)

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What is this medication?

FML/FLAREX (Fluorometholone)
Ophthalmic Corticosteroid

FML/FLAREX (Fluorometholone) is indicated for the treatment of ocular inflammation.

How does this medication work?

FML/FLAREX (Fluorometholone) reduces inflammation via inhibiting edema, migration of leukocytes, capillary proliferation/dilation, and fibrin deposition.  It also reduces collagen deposition and reduces the formation of scar tissue. Fluorometholone penetrates cells readily to induce the production of lipocortins. These proteins modulate the activity of prostaglandins and leukotrienes.

How should I take this medication?

Ophthalmic: Instill 1-2 drops 2-4 times daily. 

How to Take: Follow instructions provided by physician/pharmacy label, use consistently at same times each day unless otherwise directed.  Shake suspension before use and apply light pressure to lacrimal sac (inside corner of eye near nose) for 60 seconds after application to prevent drainage of the drop from eye.        

Note: Do not wear contact lenses when applying and wait at least 15 minutes before reinserting, do not touch tip of applicator to any surfaces or to the eye itself to avoid contamination

What should I watch for while using this medication?

Before starting FML/FLAREX (Fluorometholone), make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take, if you have an active eye infection, a history of herpes simplex virus, if you are pregnant, or breastfeeding.  Use has been associated with rare but serious adverse events such as cataracts, corneal thinning, glaucoma, and immunosuppression.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.

How should I store this medication?

Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store upright at room temperature 2°C to 25°C (36°F-77°F) protected from light, heat, and moisture.

Do not leave the top/lid off the bottle for any length of time to avoid contaminating the eye drops.

What are the possible side effects of using this medication?

Secondary ocular infection, increased intraocular pressure, blurred vision, irritation to eye, increased lacrimation.

Note this is not a complete list of side effects for FML/FLAREX (Fluorometholone), only common ones.