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Metimyd (Generic Prednisolone Ophthalmic)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Prednisolone ophthalmic is a medication that is prescribed for various eye conditions to reduce inflammation and relieve symptoms such as redness, itching, swelling, and discomfort. It belongs to a class of medications known as corticosteroids, which have anti-inflammatory properties and can help control inflammation in the eye. Some common eye conditions for which prednisolone ophthalmic may be prescribed include:

  • Allergic conjunctivitis: Prednisolone ophthalmic can help reduce inflammation and itching caused by allergies.
  • Ocular inflammation: It is used to treat various forms of eye inflammation, including uveitis, scleritis, and episcleritis.
  • Eye injury: In some cases, prednisolone ophthalmic may be prescribed after eye surgery or injury to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye): Prednisolone ophthalmic may be used to treat non-infectious forms of pink eye characterized by significant inflammation.
  • Other inflammatory eye conditions: It can also be used for other inflammatory eye conditions as determined by an eye specialist.

How should this medicine be used?

Here are general guidelines on how prednisolone ophthalmic should be used:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before using the medication to avoid contaminating the eye drops.
  • Tilt your head back and look upward.
  • Gently pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket between your eyelid and eyeball.
  • Hold the dropper bottle over your eye without touching your eye or eyelid.
  • Squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the eye’s pocket. Usually, one or two drops are sufficient, but follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.
  • Release your lower eyelid and close your eye gently. Keep your eye closed for a minute or two to allow the medication to spread evenly across the eye.
  • If you need to administer the medication to both eyes, repeat the process for the other eye.
  • Wipe away any excess medication from the skin around your eye with a clean tissue.
  • Be careful not to touch the tip of the dropper bottle with your hands or any surface, as this can lead to contamination.
  • After using the medication, replace the cap tightly on the bottle.
  • Wait at least 5-10 minutes between using different eye medications if you have been prescribed more than one.

It’s important to follow your healthcare provider’s specific instructions regarding the dosage and frequency of prednisolone ophthalmic use. Do not stop or change the medication regimen without consulting your healthcare professional, as abruptly discontinuing corticosteroid eye drops can lead to rebound inflammation and other complications. If you experience any side effects or have concerns about using this medication, be sure to discuss them with your doctor or eye specialist.

Other uses for this medicine

Prednisolone ophthalmic is primarily used for its anti-inflammatory properties in the treatment of various eye conditions involving inflammation. While its primary use is in treating eye conditions, it is important to note that it should only be used under the guidance and prescription of a qualified healthcare provider, usually an ophthalmologist. Using this medication for purposes other than those prescribed by a healthcare professional is not recommended and can have adverse effects.

What special precautions should I follow?

Some special precautions and considerations when using prednisolone ophthalmic include:

  • Prescription Requirement: Prednisolone ophthalmic is a prescription medication, and you should only use it as directed by your healthcare provider. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate with this medication.
  • Allergies: Inform your doctor if you are allergic to prednisolone or any other corticosteroid medications, as well as any other allergies you may have.
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, discuss the potential risks and benefits of using prednisolone ophthalmic with your healthcare provider. It is typically used cautiously during pregnancy and breastfeeding, as the medication may pass into breast milk.
  • Medical History: Inform your healthcare provider about your medical history, especially if you have had glaucoma or other eye conditions, infections of the eye, or if you have recently had eye surgery.
  • Other Medications: Tell your doctor about all other medications, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements, that you are taking, as certain medications may interact with prednisolone ophthalmic.
  • Proper Use: Follow the instructions for the correct dosage and administration provided by your healthcare provider. Do not exceed the prescribed dose, and use the medication for the duration recommended by your doctor, even if your symptoms improve.
  • Side Effects: Be aware of possible side effects, which can include increased eye pressure, cataracts, or fungal eye infections. If you experience any unusual or severe side effects, contact your healthcare provider promptly.
  • Contact Lenses: If you wear contact lenses, your doctor may advise you to remove them before using the eye drops and wait at least 15 minutes before reinserting them.
  • Eye Hygiene: Maintain good eye hygiene by keeping the eye dropper tip clean, and do not touch your eye or eyelids with the dropper tip to prevent contamination.
  • Regular Check-ups: Your healthcare provider may schedule regular check-ups to monitor the progress of your condition and assess whether adjustments to the treatment plan are necessary.
  • Discontinuation: Do not stop using prednisolone ophthalmic abruptly without your doctor’s guidance, as this can lead to rebound inflammation.

It’s essential to communicate openly with your healthcare provider about any concerns or questions you have regarding prednisolone ophthalmic or its use. They can provide personalized guidance based on your specific eye condition and medical history.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

There are typically no specific dietary restrictions associated with prednisolone ophthalmic. However, it’s essential to maintain a healthy diet to support overall eye health. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids can be beneficial for your eyes.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you forget to use a dose of prednisolone ophthalmic, take it as soon as you remember, unless it’s close to the time for your next scheduled dose. In that case, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not double up on doses to make up for a missed one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Prednisolone ophthalmic, like other medications, can cause side effects. However, because it is applied directly to the eye, the risk of systemic (whole-body) side effects is lower compared to oral or systemic forms of corticosteroids. Common side effects of prednisolone ophthalmic may include:

  • Burning or stinging: You may experience a temporary burning or stinging sensation in the eye after applying the medication. This is usually mild and short-lived.
  • Blurred vision: Some people may experience blurred vision immediately after applying the eye drops or ointment. This effect is usually temporary and should resolve within a few minutes.
  • Watery eyes: Excessive tearing or watery eyes can occur as a side effect of prednisolone eye drops.
  • Redness of the eye: Temporary redness or irritation of the eye is a possible side effect.
  • Increased intraocular pressure: In some cases, prolonged use of prednisolone eye drops can lead to increased intraocular pressure (pressure inside the eye), which may contribute to conditions like glaucoma.
  • Allergic reactions: Although rare, some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to prednisolone ophthalmic medication, which can include itching, swelling, rash, or severe redness and discomfort.
  • Eye infection: Prolonged use of corticosteroid eye drops can increase the risk of developing or exacerbating an eye infection. If you notice any signs of infection, such as increased redness, discharge, or worsening symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.

It’s important to use prednisolone ophthalmic as prescribed by your doctor and to follow their instructions closely. If you experience severe or persistent side effects, or if your eye condition worsens while using the medication, consult your healthcare provider promptly. They can assess your condition, adjust your treatment plan if necessary, or recommend alternative therapies.

Long-term or frequent use of prednisolone ophthalmic may require close monitoring by an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) to minimize the risk of complications, especially in cases where the medication needs to be used for an extended period.

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Regarding storage and disposal, here are some guidelines:


  • Follow the packaging instructions: Store prednisolone ophthalmic eye drops or ointment as directed on the packaging and by your healthcare provider. Typically, it should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and direct sunlight.
  • Keep out of reach of children: Ensure that the medication is stored in a secure location, out of the reach of children and pets, to prevent accidental ingestion or exposure.
  • Do not share medication: Only use prednisolone ophthalmic as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not share it with others, as it is prescribed specifically for your eye condition.


  • Dispose of unused or expired medication properly: When you no longer need the medication or it has expired, it’s important to dispose of it safely. Do not flush it down the toilet unless instructed to do so. Instead, follow any specific disposal instructions provided on the medication packaging or by your pharmacist.
  • Ask your pharmacist: You can also check with your pharmacist or local government guidelines on how to dispose of prescription medications safely. Many communities have drug take-back programs or provide recommendations for safe disposal.

In case of emergency or suspicion of an overdose, take the following steps:

If you suspect an overdose or experience an emergency related to prednisolone ophthalmic, such as severe eye irritation, swelling, or an allergic reaction, take the following steps:

  • Seek immediate medical attention: Contact your local poison control center or go to the nearest emergency room or healthcare facility. Be sure to inform them about the medication and the situation.
  • Do not try to treat the overdose on your own: Do not attempt to flush your eyes or administer any other treatments without medical guidance.

What other information should I know?

  • Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions: Use prednisolone ophthalmic exactly as prescribed, and do not stop using it abruptly unless directed by your doctor. Abruptly stopping the medication can lead to a worsening of your eye condition.
  • Regular follow-up appointments: If you are using prednisolone ophthalmic for an extended period, your healthcare provider may schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor your eye condition and the effects of the medication.
  • Notify your healthcare provider of other medications: Inform your healthcare provider of all other medications, supplements, or eye drops you are using to avoid potential drug interactions.
  • Report any side effects: If you experience any unusual or severe side effects, contact your healthcare provider promptly.
  • Avoid contact lenses: In some cases, prednisolone ophthalmic may not be compatible with contact lenses. Consult your healthcare provider or eye specialist if you wear contact lenses for guidance on their use while using this medication.

Always follow your healthcare provider’s guidance and instructions regarding prednisolone ophthalmic to ensure safe and effective treatment of your eye condition.

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