fluorometholone-sulfacetamide sodium ophth (generic name)

It is used to treat certain infections of the eye
(flure oh METH oh lone; sul fa SEE ta mide)
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What is this medicine?

FLUOROMETHOLONE; SULFACETAMIDE (flure oh METH oh lone; sul fa SEE ta mide) is an eye drop with a steroid and a sulfonamide antibiotic. It is used to treat certain infections of the eye.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • cataracts or glaucoma
  • diabetes
  • eye injury or eye surgery
  • immune system problems
  • wear contact lens
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to sulfacetamide, fluorometholone, sulfa drugs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use in the eye. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Shake the bottle well before use. Tilt your head back slightly and pull your lower eyelid down with your index finger to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to your eye, fingertips, or any other surface. Squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the pouch. Close the eye gently to spread the drops. Your vision may blur for a few minutes. Use your medicine at regular intervals. Do not use it more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your doctor or health care professional even if you think your condition is better.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • eye products that contain silver

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Check with your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better after 2 days or if they get worse. A full course of treatment is usually 10 days. Check with your health care provider before using this medicine for any future eye problems. If you get any sign of an allergic reaction, stop using your medicine and call your doctor or health care professional for advice.

If you wear contact lenses, ask your doctor or healthcare professional when you can wear your lenses again. If you can continue wearing your lenses during treatment, wait 15 minutes after application of the product before inserting your lenses. Some eye conditions may not allow you to wear your lenses during treatment. If your doctor or health care professional recommends use with other eye drops or ointments, you should use one product, then wait 5 to 10 minutes before using the next product. Eye ointments should be applied last when several eye medicines are used together.

To prevent infection of the eyes, do not share any eye products, towels, washcloths or other personal care items with anyone else.

This medicine may make your eyes more sensitive to light. It is recommended that you wear sunglasses.

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