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Loteprednolbelong to a group of medications known as corticosteroids which are used to treat seasonal allergic eye symptoms. These eye symptoms are caused by plant pollens and is known as seasonal allergic conjunctivitis and manifests by redness and itching of the eye.
The symptoms should improve within 2 days of starting treatment.
Alcohol should be consumed in moderation when using this drug.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
Do not take this drug if you are allergic to this drug or other cortiscosteroids such as prednisone, prednisolone, or dexamethasone, have a bacterial, fungal or viral eye infection such as herpes simple or varicella.
Less serious side effects are burning sensation in the eye, cough, eye swelling or discharge, feeling like an object in the eye, headache, increased pressure in the eye, itching of eye or eyelid, nervousness, painful, fry or sticky eyes, redness of the eye or eyelid, runny nose, sensitivity to sunlight, sore throat, tearing, blurred vision or tiredness.If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are floaters in the eye, loss of vision, vision problems, sash, swelling of the face eye infection, redness, discharge, swelling, worsening eye redness or itching.If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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