Rimexolone (Into the eye)

Introduction

Rimexolone (ri-MEX-oh-lone)

Treats inflammation that may occur after eye surgery. Also treats anterior uveitis (inflammation occurring in the front part of the eye). Belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids.

Brand Name(s)

Vexol

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to rimexolone. You should not use this medicine if you have certain types of viral, bacterial, or fungal infections in your eye(s), especially herpes simplex or mycobacterial infection.

How to Use This Medicine

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  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. This medicine is not for long-term use.
  • Wash your hands before and after using the medicine.
  • Shake the eye drops well just before each use.
  • Lie down or tilt your head back. With your index finger, pull down the lower lid of your eye to form a pocket.
  • To use the eye drops: Hold the dropper close to your eye with the other hand. Drop the correct number of drops into the pocket made between your lower lid and eyeball. Gently close your eyes. Place your index finger over the inner corner of your eye for 1 minute. Do not rinse or wipe the dropper or allow it to touch anything, including your eye. Put the cap on the bottle right away.
  • Never share your medicine with anyone.

If a dose is missed:

  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Keep the bottle upright when you are not using it.
  • Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat and direct light.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using this medicine.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have any infections in your eye(s), including herpes simplex keratitis (dendritic keratitis), vaccinia (cowpox), chickenpox, mycobacterial infection, fungal infection, or any infection that causes watering or crusting of your eye(s).
  • Using this medicine for a long period of time can cause severe side effects, including glaucoma, nerve damage, vision problems, and cataracts. Be sure to discuss this with your doctor. Your doctor may want to test your eyes on a regular basis to watch for these problems.
  • Using this medicine for a long period of time may make you more likely to develop eye infections, and this medicine may hide symptoms of the infection. Discuss with your doctor the signs and symptoms to watch for.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Change in vision or difficulty seeing
  • Crusting or sticky discharge from the eye
  • Increased sensitivity to bright light
  • Sudden eye pain

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Feeling that something is in your eye.
  • Itching or redness in the eye.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: September 18, 2013

         
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