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Prednisolone acetate ocular


Eye drops containing prednisolone acetate (preservative containing).

Drugs List

  • PRED FORTE eye drops
  • prednisolone acetate 1% eye drops
  • Therapeutic Indications


    Eye - non-infected inflammatory conditions



    Instil 2 drops into the affected eye(s) hourly during the first 24 to 48 hours then instil 1 to 2 drop(s) into the affected eye(s) two to four times a day.

    Therapy should not be discontinued prematurely.


    Short Term Local treatment of inflammation (unlicensed)
    Children from birth to 18 years: Instil 1 to 2 drop(s) into the affected eye(s) every 1 to 2 hours until controlled, then reduce frequency.


    Soft contact lenses
    Herpes simplex keratitis
    Ocular infection
    Undiagnosed red eye

    Precautions and Warnings

    Children under 18 years
    History of herpes simplex keratitis

    May mask symptoms or signs of infections
    Advise patient blurred vision may affect ability to drive/operate machinery
    Exclude raised intraocular pressure, cataracts & infection before repeating
    Treat and control infections prior to commencing therapy
    Contains benzalkonium chloride
    In combined therapy, administer eye products at least five minutes apart
    To reduce systemic absorption compress lacrimal sac during administration
    Check ocular lens frequently - risk of cataract formation
    Monitor intraocular pressure frequently - risk of steroid glaucoma
    Possible systemic absorption of steroid
    Prolonged or high dose may lead to adrenal suppression
    May cause corneal perforation in patients with thin corneal/scleral tissue
    May cause perforation of eye in disorders that thin the sclera or cornea
    May cause posterior subcapsular cataracts and glaucoma in long term use
    Prolonged use may result in ocular infections
    Prolonged/excessive use may lead to adrenal suppression
    Systemic side effects may occur
    Treatment may adversely affect wound healing
    Advise patient to avoid touching the eye/other surfaces with container tip
    Contact lenses should not be worn during treatment
    If soft contact lenses worn,insert them 15 minutes after using eye drops

    Pregnancy and Lactation


    Use prednisolone acetate with caution in pregnancy.

    Most information available relates to use of systemically administered corticosteroids and its direct applicability to use of prednisolone for ophthalmic use is not known.

    Prednisolone is the biologically active form of prednisone. The placenta can oxidise prednisolone to inactive prednisone or less active cortisone. Prednisone crosses the placenta only to a small extent and there is little risk to the developing foetus.

    The use of all medication in pregnancy should be avoided whenever possible; particularly in the first trimester. Non-drug treatments should also be considered. When essential, a medication with the best safety record over time should be chosen, employing the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Polypharmacy should be avoided. Teratogens taken in the pre-embryonic period, often quoted as lasting until 14 to 17 days post-conception, are believed to have an all-or-nothing effect. Where drugs have a short half-life, and when the date of conception is certain, this may allow women to be reassured where drug exposure has occurred within this time frame. Further advice may be available from the UK National Teratology Information Service (NTIS) and through ToxBase, available via password on the internet ( ) or if this is unavailable at the backup site ( ).


    Prednisolone is contraindicated in breastfeeding.

    Prednisolone is the biologically active form of prednisone. Both prednisolone and prednisone can be found in human milk in low levels. Most authorities conclude that levels are so low, that even with systemic maternal treatment, no adverse effects are anticipated.

    The manufacturer notes that use of this medication is not recommended in breastfeeding.

    Neonates, infants born prematurely, those with low birth weight, those with an unstable gastrointestinal function or who have serious illnesses may require special consideration. For any infant, if a drug is prescribed to the nursing mother, it should be at the lowest practical dose and for the shortest time. When drug administration is unavoidable and breastfeeding is to continue, minimisation of exposure of the infant to the drug may sometimes be achieved by timing the maternal doses to just after a feeding episode. Infants exposed to drugs via breast milk should be monitored for unusual signs or symptoms. Interactions between the drug received by the infant from the mother's milk and medication prescribed for the infant should also be considered, for example, when the drug given to the infant may prevent metabolism of the drug received via breast milk.
    Specialist advice is available from the UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory Service at

    Side Effects

    Acute anterior uveitis
    Adrenal suppression
    Blurred vision (transient)
    Burning and stinging of the eyes
    Corneal or scleral malacia
    Corneal thinning
    Epithelial punctate keratitis
    Hypersensitivity reactions
    Increased intra-ocular pressure
    Ocular irritation
    Ocular itching
    Optic nerve damage
    Perforation of the ocular globe
    Posterior subcapsular cataracts
    Reduced visual acuity
    Scleral thinning
    Visual field defects


    It is strongly recommended that the UK National Poisons Information Service be consulted on cases of suspected or actual overdose where there is doubt over the degree of risk or about appropriate management.

    The following number will direct the caller to the relevant local centre (0844) 892 0111

    Information may be obtained if you have access to ToxBase the primary clinical toxicology database of the National Poisons Information Service. This is available via password on the internet ( ) or if this is unavailable at the backup site ( ).

    Further Information

    Last Full Review Date: April 2017.

    Reference Sources

    Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk, 10th edition (2015) ed. Briggs, G., Freeman, R. Wolters Kluwer Health, Philadelphia.

    Medications and Mothers' Milk, Sixteenth Edition (2014) Hale, T and Rowe, H, Hale Publishing, Plano, Texas.

    Summary of Product Characteristics: Pred Forte. Allergan Ltd. Revised February 2017.

    NICE Evidence Services Available at: Last accessed: 23 August 2017

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