prednisolone acetate (eye drops)
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00700401 ||RATIO-PREDNISONE 1% OPHTHALMIC SUSPENSION|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
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, this medication is used to treat swelling and itching of the eye.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication 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 this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
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:
- Wash your hands before using the eye drops.
- Shake the container well before use to ensure the medication is evenly mixed throughout the bottle.
- Remove the cap and place it in a clean location. To avoid possible contamination, keep the tip of the container away from contact with any surface.
- Tilt your head back and look towards the ceiling.
- With your index finger, gently pull your lower eyelid down and away from your eye to form a pouch.
- Apply one drop into the pouch but do not allow the tip of the container to touch your eye or areas around your eye.
- Gently apply pressure to the inner corner of your eye (at the bridge of the nose) for about 30 seconds. (This is called nasolacrimal occlusion.) This prevents the medication from dripping down through the tear duct and entering the bloodstream, which could cause you to experience some side effects.
- Repeat with your other eye, if prescribed by your physician.
- Wash your hands again to remove any medication.
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 this medication 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 this medication 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.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each mL of suspension contains: prednisolone acetate 1%. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzalkonium chloride 0.004% (as preservative), boric acid, disodium edetate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polysorbate 80, purified water, sodium bisulfite, sodium chloride, and sodium citrate.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use prednisolone acetate eye drops if you:
- are allergic to prednisolone or any ingredients of the medication
- have had an allergic or sensitivity reaction to other corticosteroids
- have acute herpes simplex, tuberculosis of the eye, vaccinia, chickenpox, or other viral or fungal diseases of the eye
- have any eye infection associated with discharge
- have conjunctivitis or blepharitis associated with discharge
- have recently had a foreign body removed from the eye