Rimexolone eye drops are usually prescribed by an eye specialist.
Side-effects may include mild stinging and discomfort. This should soon pass.
Do not keep any solution left over after you have finished your treatment.
About rimexolone eye drops
|Type of medicine||Corticosteroid eye preparation|
|Used for||To treat eye inflammation|
|Available as||Eye drops|
About rimexolone eye drops
Rimexolone eye drops are used to treat short-term inflammatory eye conditions. They are usually prescribed by an eye specialist. They contain a corticosteroid (sometimes called a 'steroid') which helps to relieve inflammation, redness and irritation.
Before using rimexolone eye drops
To make sure this is the right treatment for you, before you start using rimexolone drops it is important that your doctor knows:
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to any eye drops or any other medicine.
- If you think you may have an eye infection.
- If you wear soft contact lenses.
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- If you are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
How to use rimexolone eye drops
- First wash your hands.
- Shake the bottle well and remove the cap.
- Tilt your head back a little and pull the lower lid of your eye downwards to form a pocket.
- Hold the bottle upside down near to your eye. Try not to touch your eye as you do this.
- Gently press on the base of the bottle to release one drop into your eye. If the drop misses, try again.
- Close your eye for a minute or two, and press gently on the side of your nose where the corner of your eye meets your nose. This helps to stop the drop from draining away and keeps it in your eye.
- Repeat the process in your other eye if you have been told to use the drops in both eyes.
- Replace the cap on the bottle.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Before you use the eye drops, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from the pack. The leaflet will give you more information about rimexolone and a full list of possible side-effects.
- Use the eye drops exactly as your doctor has told you to. The directions you are given will depend upon the reason why you are using the drops. If you have had eye surgery, it is likely you will be asked to use the drops four times a day for two weeks. For other eye conditions, you may be asked to use the drops more often than this, or for longer than this.
- Rimexolone eye drops are only meant to be used for a short period of time - this means a maximum of four weeks. This is because they can cause problems within your eye when used for longer periods of time than recommended.
- Take care not to touch the tip of the dropper with your eye, fingers, or any other surface. This will help to prevent the risk of infection.
- When first put in, eye drops may cause blurred vision. This should quickly clear, but make sure you can see properly before you drive or use tools or machines, as otherwise you may put yourself and others at risk.
- If you are using any other eye drops or eye ointments, leave about ten minutes between applying each one.
- If your symptoms do not improve within a few days, or if they become worse, you should check again with your doctor or eye clinic.
- Do not wear contact lenses while you are using eye drops unless your doctor has advised you otherwise. This is because there is a preservative in bottles of eye drops which may affect soft contact lenses.
Can rimexolone eye drops cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the eye drops, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Common rimexolone eye drop side-effects - these affect less than 1 in 10 people who use these drops||What can I do if I experience this?|
|Mild irritation or discomfort||This should quickly pass. If it continues, speak with your doctor|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store rimexolone eye drops
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
- Eye drops only keep for four weeks once the bottle has been opened, so throw away the bottle after this time, even if there is some solution left. Never keep opened bottles of eye drops to use later.
Important information about all medicines
The drops are for use in the eyes only. If you suspect that someone has swallowed some of this medicine, go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital. Take the container with you, even if it is empty.
This medicine is for you. Never give it to other people even if their condition appears to be the same as yours.
If you are having an operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment which medicines you are using.
Do not keep out-of-date or unwanted medicines. Take them to your local pharmacy which will dispose of them for you.
If you buy any medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are safe to use with your other medicines.
If you have any questions about this medicine ask your pharmacist.
Further reading & references
- Manufacturer's PIL, Vexol® 1% Eye Drops, Suspension; Alcon Laboratories (UK) Limited, The electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated June 2011.
- British National Formulary; 65th Edition (Mar 2013) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen||Peer Reviewer: Dr Adrian Bonsall|
|Last Checked: 22/04/2013||Document ID: 3776 Version: 23||© EMIS|
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