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Prednisolone acetate belongs to the family of medications called corticosteroids and is used for its ability to reduce inflammation in many parts of the body. When used in an eye drop, Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent) is used to treat swelling and itching of the eye.
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Prednisolone acetate belongs to the family of medications called corticosteroids and is used for its ability to reduce inflammation in many parts of the body.
When used in an eye drop, Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent) is used to treat swelling and itching of the eye.
Your doctor may have suggested Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent) for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent), speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
The recommended dose of prednisolone acetate eye drops varies depending on the condition being treated. You can use them as often as every hour until your condition improves. Your doctor will be able to provide you with more specific instructions on how often to instill the drops.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
To use eye drops properly:
If you are using more than one topical eye medication (eye drops or ointment), wait at least 5 minutes before putting another medication in your eye.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to show you the correct method of applying eye drops. It is very important to avoid touching the dropper tip to any surface, skin, or your eye. This contamination can result in a bacterial infection. Report any signs of an eye infection (e.g., redness, irritation, pain) to your doctor immediately.
It is important to use Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, instill it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not instil a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent) at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture and keep it out of the reach of children.
Safely discard any medication remaining in the dropper bottle after you have used the medication for the full length of time recommended by your doctor. Discard any remaining medication 28 days after opening the bottle.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent).
Each 5 mL or 10 mL plastic dropper bottle contains prednisolone acetate (microfine suspension) 1%. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzalkonium chloride, boric acid, disodium edetate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polysorbate 80, purified water, sodium bisulfite, sodium chloride, and sodium citrate.
Do not use prednisolone acetate eye drops if you:
Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications that you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent).
Contact lenses: Using contact lenses with corticosteroid eye drops increases the risk of infection. It is advisable to avoid wearing contact lenses while using corticosteroid eye drops.
Glaucoma: The use of corticosteroids in the eyes may cause an increase in the pressure in the eye. If you are using this eye drop for 10 days or more, discuss with your doctor how Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent) may affect your vision, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Infection: Corticosteroids such as prednisolone acetate reduce symptoms of inflammation by reducing the effect of the immune system. As a result, the use of Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent) may hide the signs of new infections or worsening of existing infections. If you notice any new eye symptoms such as pain, redness, sensitivity to sunlight or vision changes, contact your doctor immediately. If the condition you are treating does not seem to improve in several days, contact your doctor.
Pregnancy: Very little prednisolone acetate in an eye drop form is absorbed into the body and available to affect an unborn baby. For this reason, prednisolone acetate eye drops are considered safe to use during pregnancy for short periods of time. If you are concerned about using Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent), discuss the benefits and risks of using Pred Forte (Prednisolone-eent) with your doctor.
Breast-feeding: Corticosteroids pass into breast milk, however in an eye drop form, very little prednisolone acetate is absorbed into the body and available to pass into breast milk. The use of corticosteroid eye drops, including prednisolone acetate, is considered to be safe while breast-feeding.
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