Alrex Eye Drops
Alrex® (loteprednol etabonate) is a prescription eye drop used for the treatment of seasonal eye allergies (known medically as allergic conjunctivitis). It has been shown to be effective for treating a wide range of eye allergy symptoms.
Alrex belongs to a group of allergy medications known as corticosteroids, or simply "steroids" for short. Steroids can have many different effects in the body, including anti-inflammatory effects. Steroids decrease inflammation by limiting the body's ability to produce an immune system reaction. They can be very effective for treating conditions such as allergies. However, long-term use of steroids can cause bothersome and sometimes serious side effects, and this limits the usefulness of many steroids. Because this medication is an eye drop, its effects are generally limited to the eye. This helps prevent many of the long-term side effects of steroids.
Alrex is available in only one strength (Alrex 0.2%, available in a 5 or 10 mL bottle) and does not come in generic form. The medication is applied to the affected eye(s) four times a day. In order to prevent contamination of the drops, do not touch the tip of the dropper to any surface, including the surface of the eye.
(Click Alrex for more information on when and how to use the eye drops. Alrex side effects are also discussed in this article, as are precautions to be aware of before starting treatment.)