FML® is used to treat inflammation of the eyelid and the eye itself. It is available as an ointment or drops.
How we use this drug: We use FML to quiet inflammation of the eye and eyelids. In general, because it is less potent than many other steroids, it is associated with fewer side effects and works well for mild chronic inflammations.
- Suspension: —5mL, 10mL, 15mL
- Ointment: —3.5g
Adults: FML Ointment: Apply a small amount of ointment (about 1/2-inch ribbon) between the lower eyelid and eyeball one to three times a day. During the first 24-48 hours, the frequency of dosing may be increased to one application every 4 hours.
Adults: FML Suspension: Place one drop of suspension between the lower eyelid and eyeball two to four times a day. During the first 24-48 hours, the frequency of dosing may be increased to one drop every 4 hours.
Children: Not recommended in childrem less than 2 years of age
Pregnancy: (Category C) Fluorometholone should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
Warning: May mask or exacerbate infections or retard wound healing. Increased intraocular pressure, cataracts, corneal ulcerations, optic nerve damage.
The preservative in FML may be absorbed by soft contact lenses. If you wear soft contacts, you should wait at least 15 minutes after using FML drops to insert your lenses
Warning: FML® suspension is contraindicated in most viral diseases of the cornea and conjunctiva.