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Should FML be continued more than a week for conjunctivitis?

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Published At January 6, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I had viral conjunctivitis a month ago. I was on FML for one week and after which, my eye got normal. I was asked to taper the dose and stop FML in three weeks by my doctor. I did so, but as soon as I stopped it my eyes started to redden again. My doctor said it was an allergy. I am on an antihistamine now, but the allergy alternates in flaring up and waning rapidly with an antihistamine. Is it all because I stopped FML? Should I continue FML?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Sometimes, episodes of redness can be anticipated after tapering steroids (FML - Fluorometholone). However, we do not have advice steroids for a prolonged time due to its side effect profile. Use of steroid sparing agents is advocated. These include anti-inflammatories like NSAID drops (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drops), Cyclosporine drops and antihistamine drops. Kindly consult your ophthalmologist again to see if any add-on medications are necessary. Your doctor may also start FML for a brief time. Please, do not self-medicate.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Bandivadekar Pooja Mohan
Dr. Bandivadekar Pooja Mohan

Ophthalmology (Eye Care)

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