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Abnormal or blurred vision, dry eyes, and swollen eyelids are some of the most common side effects reported with Alrex. In most cases, the drug's side effects are mild and do not require medical attention. However, certain side effects are potentially serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately, including an unexplained rash or any signs of an eye infection.

An Introduction to Alrex Side Effects

As with any medicine, Alrex® (loteprednol etabonate) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Alrex. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Alrex side effects with you.)

Possible Side Effects of Alrex

Alrex has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials in which the side effects of a group of people taking the drug are documented and compared to another group taking a placebo eye drop (that did not contain any active ingredient). As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group taking the placebo.
In these studies, the most common Alrex side effects, occurring in 5 to 15 percent of people, included (but were not limited to):
  • Abnormal vision or blurred vision
  • Eye burning when instilling the drops
  • Swelling of the lining of the eyes and eyelids
  • Eye discharge
  • Dry eyes
  • An overflow of tears
  • Feeling like something is stuck in the eye
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Eye sensitivity to the sun.
It should be noted that many of these side effects are also symptoms of eye allergies, and it is possible that these problems are not related to Alrex at all.
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