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Drug Profile

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Generic drug name: fluorometholone (flure oh METH oh lone)
Brand name(s): FML
GENERIC: available FAMILY: Adrenal Steroids
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Pregnancy and Breast-feeding Warnings [top]

Pregnancy Warning

Fluorometholone caused fetal harm in animal studies, including cleft palate, deformed rib cage, deformed limbs, and deformed brain and spinal cord. Because of the potential for serious adverse effects to the fetus, this drug should not be used by pregnant women.

Breast-feeding Warning

Corticosteroids are excreted in human milk. Because of the potential for serious adverse effects in nursing infants, you should not take fluorometholone while nursing.

Facts About This Drug [top]

Fluorometholone is a steroid used to treat eye conditions that produce inflammation (swelling and redness), itching, or sensitivity. As with all drugs, you should always use the smallest dose of fluorometholone that works. You should also use it for as short a time as possible. Check with your doctor if you do not notice improvement after five to seven days of taking the drug, or if your eye condition worsens.

Corticosteroids (steroids) such as fluorometholone can cause many adverse...

Fluorometholone is a steroid used to treat eye conditions that produce inflammation (swelling and redness), itching, or sensitivity. As with all drugs, you should always use the smallest dose of fluorometholone that works. You should also use it for as short a time as possible. Check with your doctor if you do not notice improvement after five to seven days of taking the drug, or if your eye condition worsens.

Corticosteroids (steroids) such as fluorometholone can cause many adverse effects, especially if you use them for a long time so that your entire body absorbs them. Steroids suppress your immune system, lowering your body’s defense against disease. Because of this, if you use fluorometholone for a long time, you will be more likely to develop bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and viral infections.

Before You Use This Drug [top]

Do not use if you have or have had:

  • ocular fungal disease
  • ocular tuberculosis
  • ocular herpes
  • ocular acute viral disease

Tell your doctor if you have or have had:

  • allergies to drugs
  • pregnancy or are breast-feeding
  • diabetes
  • glaucoma
  • cataracts
  • cornea or other eye disorders or infections

Tell your doctor about any other drugs you take, including aspirin, herbs, vitamins, and other nonprescription products.

When You Use This Drug [top]

  • Check with your doctor if there is no improvement after five to seven days of therapy or if condition worsens.
  • For contact lens wearers: Check with eye doctor prior to using this drug; contact lenses should not be worn during, and possibly for a time following, applications of this drug because of an increased risk of infection.

How to Use This Drug [top]

  • Follow directions for applying drops.
  • Shake the suspension form of this drug vigorously before applying.
  • Do not touch applicator tip to any surface.
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember, but skip it if it is almost time for the next dose. Do not take double doses.
  • Do not share your medication with others.
  • Take the drug at the same time(s) each day.
  • Store at room temperature with lid on tightly. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not expose to heat, moisture, or strong light. Keep out of reach of children.

Interactions with Other Drugs [top]

Evaluations of Drug Interactions 2003 lists no drugs, biologics (e.g., vaccines, therapeutic antibodies), or foods as causing “highly clinically significant” or “clinically significant” interactions when used together with the drugs in this section. We also found no interactions in the drugs’ FDA-approved professional package inserts. However, as the number of new drugs approved for marketing increases and as more experience is gained with these drugs over time, new interactions may be discovered.

Adverse Effects [top]

Call your doctor immediately if you experience:

  • decreased or blurred vision
  • watering eyes
  • glaucoma
  • high eye pressure
  • optic nerve damage
  • cataracts
  • eye pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • eye infection

Call your doctor if these symptoms continue:

  • burning, stinging, redness, or watering of the eyes
  • temporary mild blurred vision (ointment)

Periodic Tests[top]

Ask your doctor which of these tests should be done periodically while you are taking this drug:

  • eye exams

last reviewed January 31, 2021