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Dexamethasone (Into the eye)

Dexamethasone (dex-a-METH-a-sone)

Treats inflammation of the eye. Also used to treat ear infections. This medicine is a corticosteroid.

Brand Name(s):

Maxidex

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to dexamethasone.

How to Use This Medicine:

Ointment, Liquid, Drop

  • Use this medicine as directed.
  • If you wear contact lenses, remove them before you put the drops in your eyes. Wait at least 15 minutes before you put your lenses back in.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Shake the eye drops well just before each use.
  • If you are using this medicine in your eyes: Lie down or tilt your head back. With your index finger, pull down the lower lid of your eye to form a pocket.
  • To use the eye drops: Hold the dropper close to your eye with the other hand. Drop the correct number of drops into the pocket made between your lower lid and eyeball. Gently close your eyes. Place your index finger over the inner corner of your eye for 1 minute. Do not rinse or wipe the dropper or allow it to touch anything, including your eye. Put the cap on the bottle right away. Keep the bottle upright when you are not using it.
  • To use the ointment: Hold the tip of the tube close to your eye with the other hand. Avoid touching the tip of the tube to your eye or finger. Squeeze a ribbon of ointment into the pocket between your lower lid and eyeball. Close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes. Wipe the tip with a clean tissue and close the tube tightly. Keep the tube tightly closed when you are not using it.
  • To use the ear drops: Follow your doctor's instructions on the proper way to use this medicine in your ear. Do not let the tip of the dropper touch anything, including your ear.
  • Missed dose: Use the dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and use a regular dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have asthma, allergies, glaucoma, cataracts, an eye infection, or any problems with your ear drum.
  • This medicine may cause the following problems:
    • Increased pressure in your eye, which can damage the optic nerve
    • New or worsening eye or ear infections
  • If you hurt your eye, develop an eye infection, or need to have eye surgery, talk with your doctor right away. You may need to change your medicine or stop using it.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blurred vision or change in vision
  • Increased eye or ear pain
  • Increased discharge, redness, or irritation in your eye

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

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


Last Updated: 12/4/2014


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