This medicine is used in treating some eye conditions due to injury or inflammation (swelling). Physicians may also prescribe this medicine for other purposes not listed in this document. While the active ingredient of this medicine is Fluorometholone, it also contains other inactive ingredients such as dibasic sodium phosphate, sodium hydroxide, purified water, and others. FML 1 mg belongs to the class of medications called anti-inflammatory corticosteroids ophthalmic. This medicine helps to relieve symptoms such as itching, redness, and swelling of the eye. FML 1 mg works by blocking the production of a certain chemical substance (prostaglandins), which provokes swelling and redness of the eye.
The manufacturer of FML 1 mg is Allergan Pharmaceuticals.
Using 1-2 times per day this medicine is considered the recommended dose or as directed by your doctor. Your doctor may increase your dosage for several weeks in case you do not notice the desired result. Do not use FML 1 mg more often than your prescribes because your medical condition will not improve faster.
- Before using FML 1 mg, shake well the bottle and wash your hands.
- Remove the contact lenses in case you wearing them. After each use of Fluorometholone, it is advised to wait at least 10-15 minutes before wearing contact lenses again.
- You need to make a pouch to apply the medicine by pulling down the lower eyelid. Place 1-2 drops of the medicine into the pouch and close the eyes for roughly 1-2 minutes. It is not allowed to blink and rub your eye.
- To decrease the risk of draining out the medication, put your finger at the corner of your eye and press gently.
- If your doctor prescribes FML 1 mg for both eyes, repeat the steps listed above for another eye.
- If you are using other eye medicines, it is recommended to wait at least 5 minutes before using another medicine.
Inform your healthcare professional in case your health condition does not improve or if it worsens.
The dosages usually are based on age, weight, other medicines that you may be using, the severity of your health condition, and response to treatment. Do not use FML 1 mg or consult a doctor if you are not sure what dosage is better for you. Moreover, you should not stop using FML 1 mg suddenly without a doctor’s approval because symptoms may return.
- FML Eye Drops 1 mg
If you forget to administer the medication, you should take the dose as soon as you remember. In any case, if it is too close to the time for the next dose, simply skip the dose and continue the regular treatment. It is not allowed to administer an increased dose the next time to catch up because your risk of severe negative effects may increase.
Rarely, you may experience an overdose due to an increased dose of FML 1 mg. If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop taking FML 1 mg and get medical help right away. Examples include a fast or pounding heartbeat, severe dizziness, breathlessness, passing out, and others. Talk to a doctor for more details.
Side Effects of FML 1 mg
All drugs may give you certain side effects and FML 1 mg is not an exception. In case you are on treatment with FML 1 mg, you may not notice any of the following negative effects. Some factors that can provoke side effects are dehydration, overdose, and allergy. There are three types of negative effects such as mild, moderate, and severe.
Mild Side Effects
Most patients usually ignore this category of side effects. In any case, it is advised to tell your physician if you experience any of the following side effects. Check some examples below:
- Dry eye
- Dry mouth
- Eye discomfort
Moderate Side Effects
This category of side effects usually is not dangerous for the patients and they can continue the treatment safely. For example:
- Eye irritation
- Itching of the eye
Severe Side Effects
You may rarely experience this category of side effects due to an increased dose of FML 1 mg. However, if you notice any of the following negative effects, stop taking this medication and ask for medical help right away. In addition, your doctor may help you to prevent or avoid side effects. Examples include:
- Eye pain
- Vision problems (such as blurred vision)
- Burning of the eyes
This document does not contain a complete list of side effects. Thus, you should inform your healthcare professional about all the adverse reactions you are noticing or any other effects.
Fluorometholone may interact with some substances or medicines. Therefore, other drugs may change how this medicine works by reducing its effectiveness or even increasing the risk of side effects. Before using FML 1 mg, tell your physician about all products that you are using. For example prescription medicine, nonprescription medicines, supplements, vitamins, herbal products, and others. Check below some examples of drug interaction:
- Cyclosporine ophthalmic
- Smallpox vaccine
- Ketorolac ophthalmic
- Diclofenac ophthalmic
Check some examples of disease interaction below:
- Ocular infections
- Ocular toxicities
This article does not contain all possible disease and drug interactions. That’s why you should consult a doctor before taking this drug. Additionally, do not start, stop, or change the dosages without a doctor’s approval because you may experience undesired results.
If you experience any of the following health conditions, talk to a doctor before using FML 1 mg. Check some examples below:
- Recent eye surgery
- Eye infections (such as viral or fungal infections)
- Glaucoma (open-angle type)
- Severe nearsightedness (myopia)
FML 1 mg may temporarily blur your vision right after use. That’s why you should not drive or operate heavy machinery until your vision becomes clear. Otherwise, it may be harmful to you.
During pregnancy, FML 1 mg can be used with a doctor’s prescription only because it may harm your unborn baby. Moreover, it is unknown if this medicine passes into breast milk. Therefore, talk to a doctor before breastfeeding.
- It is recommended to store this medicine at room temperature and away from direct sunlight and moisture. Additionally, you should not keep FML 1 mg in the bathroom.
- Keep away Fluorometholone from the reach of children and pets because it may be harmful to them.