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Fluorometholone

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Uses

Fluorometholone is used in the treatment of allergic disorders and eye disorders.

How it works

Fluorometholone belongs to a group of medicines called synthetic corticosteroid (glucocorticoid). Fluorometholone binds to its receptors and controls the production of certain chemicals that mediate inflammation in the body, thereby inhibiting the inflammatory reactions (such as swelling, fibrin [type of protein involved in clotting process] deposition, capillary dilatation, phagocyte [large white blood cells that can swallow and digest microbes and other foreign particles] migration).

Common side effects

Rash, Electrolyte imbalance, Blurred vision, Ulcerative keratitis, Redistribution/accumulation of body fat, Bone degradation, Secondary infections, Punctate keratitis, Increased intraocular pressure, Increased risk of infection, Eye pain, Muscle disorders, Allergic reaction, Eye irritation, Foreign body sensation, Infection, Visual field defect, Increased blood flow to conjunctiva (part of eye), Increased blood pressure, Increased blood supply to eye, Altered taste, Increased production of tears, Altered bone growth, Skin scar, Eye itching, Visual impairment, Dilation of the pupil of the eye, Eye discharge, Behavioural changes, Eye swelling, Cataract, Increased glucose level in blood, Eyelid swelling

Available Medicine

  • ₹105
    Allergan India Pvt Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹91 to ₹101
    Micro Labs Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹148
    Alcon Laboratories
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹105
    Allergan India Pvt Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹90
    Cipla Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹112
    Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹100
    Micro Labs Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹109
    Zydus Cadila
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹57
    FDC Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹97
    Sentiss Pharma
    1 variant(s)

Expert advice

  • Do not take eye drops containing corticosteroids such as fluorometholone for longer than a week unless advised and supervised by a specialist doctor.
  • Consult your doctor before discontinuing fluorometholone treatment.
  • Do not use fluorometholone eye drops while you are wearing contact lenses. Do not use contact lenses for at least 10-15 minutes after using fluorometholone in the eye. 
  • Temporary blurred vision or other visual disturbances may affect the ability to drive or use machines. If blurred vision occurs at instillation of fluorometholone eye drops, wait until the vision clears before driving or using machinery.
  • If you are concomitantly using other eye drops or eye ointment medicines with fluorometholone, leave at least 5 minutes between each medicine.
  • Avoid using fluorometholone, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions

Fluorometholone

Q. Does fluorometholone treat pink eye?
Fluorometholone is used for treat inflammation of parts of conjunctiva; relives redness and itching. It must not be used for undiagnosed red eye condition. Always follow the instructions of doctor regarding its use
Q. Is fluorometholone an antibiotic?
No, fluorometholone is not an antibiotic. Fluorometholone belongs to a group of medicines called synthetic corticosteroid (glucocorticoid). It is used to relive inflammatory condition of the eye
Q. Is fluorometholone a steroid?
Yes, fluorometholone is a steroid. Fluorometholone belongs to a group of medicines called synthetic corticosteroid (glucocorticoid). It is used to relive inflammatory condition of the eye
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Q. Is fluorometholone over the counter?
Fluorometholone may be available over-the-counter, however, always follow the advice of your doctor regarding its use
Q. Is fluorometholone safe?
Fluorometholone is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor
Q. Is fluorometholone generic?
Yes, fluorometholone is a generic name. It is available in various trade names
Q. How does fluorometholone work?
Fluorometholone belongs to a group of medicines synthetic corticosteroid (glucocorticoid). Fluorometholone binds to its receptors and controls the production of certain chemicals that mediate infections in the body, thereby inhibiting the inflammatory reactions (such as swelling, fibrin deposition, capillary dilatation, phagocyte migration)
Q. How long does it take for fluorometholone to work?
Fluorometholone once instilled the eye begins its action
Q. What is fluorometholone ophthalmic suspension used for?
Fluorometholone is used to treat inflammation of parts of conjunctiva such as the palpebral conjunctive (a clear membrane, which coats the inside of the eyelids.) and bulbar conjunctiva (a clear membrane of the eye, which covers the outer surface of the eye)
Q. How much does fluorometholone cost?
The price of fluorometholone may vary depending upon the brand prescribed to you.Please read the instruction on the package for the correct price of the product.

Content on this page was last updated on 18 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)