Pred Forte

Pred Forte is an eyedrop medication used to treat inflammation of several different parts of the eye. Inform your doctor if your symptoms do not improve within 2 days of starting Pred Forte therapy.

Pred Forte Overview

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Pred Forte is a prescription eyedrop medication used to treat steroid-responsive inflammation of several different parts of the eye. Pred Forte belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids. These work by reducing your body's capability to produce certain chemicals that play a role in inflammation.

This medication comes in eyedrop form and is typically administered 2 to 4 times daily.

Common side effects of Pred Forte include increased eye blood pressure, cataract formation, and delayed wound healing.

Pred Forte can also cause blurred vision. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Pred Forte affects you.

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  • Adrenal Insufficiency
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Uses of Pred Forte

Pred Forte is a prescription eyedrop medication used to treat steroid-responsive inflammation of several different parts of the eye including the conjunctiva (the thin inner lining of the eyelid and outer coating of the eyeball), the cornea, and the front part of the inner eyeball.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information. 

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Prednisolone

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Pred Forte Drug Class

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Side Effects of Pred Forte

Serious side effects have been reported with Pred Forte. See the “Pred Forte Precautions” section.

Common side effects of Pred Forte include the following:

  • elevated eye blood pressure
  • cataract formation
  • delayed wound healing
  • dilated pupils
  • eye redness
  • temporary eye burning and stinging upon administration
  • eye irritation
  • blurred vision
  • sensation of foreign matter in the eye

This is not a complete list of Pred Forte side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

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

Pred Forte Interactions

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:

This is not a complete list of Pred Forte drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Pred Forte Precautions

Serious side effects have been reported with Pred Forte including the following:

  • Glaucoma. Prolonged use of Pred Forte may result in glaucoma with damage to nerves of the eye, defects in visual ability and fields of vision, and cataract formation. Prolonged use may also suppress the immune system and increase the risk of eye infections. Only use Pred Forte for as long as your physician tells you to.
  • Thinning of eye tissue. Long-term use of Pred Forte has been known to cause thinning of eye tissues. Only use Pred Forte for as long as your physician tells you to.
  • Delayed wound healing. The use of Pred Forte after cataract surgery may delay healing and increase the risk of complications. Inform your physician if you have recently had cataract surgery.
  • Reduced immune system function. Use of Pred Forte may prolong the course and potentially exacerbate the severity of many viral infections of the eye, including herpes simplex. Inform your physician if you have an eye infection.
  • Allergic reactions. Pred Forte contains sodium bisulfite, a sulfite that may cause allergic-type reactions including life-threatening reactions and less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible people. Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in asthmatic than in nonasthmatic people. Inform your physician if you have asthma.
  • Eye infections. This product is sterile when packaged. To prevent contamination, care should be taken to avoid touching the bottle tip to eyelids or to any other surface. The use of this bottle by more than one person may spread infection. Keep bottle tightly closed when not in use.

Pred Forte is not effective in the treatment of mustard gas keratitis and/or Sjögren's keratoconjunctivitis.

If inflammation or pain persists longer than 48 hours or your eye becomes aggravated,  discontinue use of Pred Forte and consult your physician.

Do not take Pred Forte if you:

  • are allergic to Pred Forte or to any of its ingredients
  • have or suspect you might have an eye infection of any kind

Pred Forte can also cause blurred vision. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Pred Forte affects you.

Pred Forte Food Interactions

Medications can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Pred Forte, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.

Inform MD

Before taking Pred Forte, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:

  • are allergic to Pred Forte or to any of its ingredients
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed
  • have glaucoma
  • have or suspect you might have an eye infection
  • have recently had eye surgery of any kind
  • have mustard gas keratitis or Sjögren's keratoconjunctivitis
  • have asthma

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Pred Forte and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.

Pred Forte falls into category C. In animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication and had some babies born with problems. No well-controlled studies have been done in humans. Therefore, this medication may be used if the potential benefits to the mother outweigh the potential risks to the unborn child.

Pred Forte and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

It is not known if Pred Forte crosses into human milk. Because many medications can cross into human milk and because of the possibility for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants with use of this medication, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or stop the use of this medication. Your doctor and you will decide if the benefits outweigh the risk of using Pred Forte.

Pred Forte Usage

Take Pred Forte exactly as prescribed.

Pred Forte comes in eyedrop form and is typically administered 2 to 4 times daily. Shake Pred Forte well before using.

If inflammation or pain persists longer than 48 hours or your eye becomes aggravated,  discontinue use of Pred Forte and consult your physician.

If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of Pred Forte at the same time.

Pred Forte Dosage

Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The dose your doctor recommends may be based on the following:

  • the condition being treated
  • other medical conditions you have
  • other medications you are taking
  • how you respond to this medication
  • your age

The recommended dose of Pred Forte for the treatment of steroid-responsive inflammation of the eye is one to two drops administered into the conjunctival sac two to four times daily. 

Pred Forte Overdose

If you take too much Pred Forte, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center, or seek emergency medical attention right away.

Other Requirements

  • Store at temperatures up to 25°C (77°F)
  • Protect from freezing
  • Store in an upright position
  • Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children