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Generic Name: Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Suspension (DEX-ah-METH-ah-sone)
Brand Name: Maxidex

Dexamethasone Suspension is used for:

Treating swelling, itching, redness, and irritation of the eyes and eyelids. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Dexamethasone Suspension is an ophthalmic corticosteroid. It works by stopping the inflammatory response (redness, swelling, itching, warmth, pain) of the eye tissues caused by irritating or allergy-causing agents.

Do NOT use Dexamethasone Suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Dexamethasone Suspension
  • you have certain other eye infections (eg, herpes, tuberculosis, fungal, or viral infection)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Dexamethasone Suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with this medicine. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have diabetes or thinning of the cornea or other eye tissues

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Dexamethasone Suspension. Because little, if any, of Dexamethasone Suspension is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Dexamethasone Suspension may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Dexamethasone Suspension:

Use Dexamethasone Suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • If your doctor prescribed more than 1 eye medicine, find out the best order for using each medicine.
  • Remove contact lenses before using Dexamethasone Suspension.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • To use Dexamethasone Suspension in the eye, first, wash your hands. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from your eye to form a pouch. Squeeze a thin strip of ointment into the pouch. After using Dexamethasone Suspension, gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. Wipe the applicator tip with a clean, dry tissue.
  • To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • If you miss a dose of Dexamethasone Suspension, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Dexamethasone Suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Do not use Dexamethasone Suspension longer than recommended or for future eye problems without first checking with your doctor.
  • Check with your doctor before wearing contact lenses while you are using Dexamethasone Suspension.
  • Contact your health care provider at once if you develop another eye condition (eg, trauma, eye surgery, infection) while taking Dexamethasone Suspension. It may be necessary to stop using Dexamethasone Suspension.
  • Use Dexamethasone Suspension with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Dexamethasone Suspension during pregnancy. It is not known if Dexamethasone Suspension is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Dexamethasone Suspension, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Dexamethasone Suspension:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Blurring of vision.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in vision; continued blurred vision; continued or worsening itching or swelling; discharge from eyes; eye pain.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Dexamethasone Suspension may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Dexamethasone Suspension:

Store Dexamethasone Suspension at room temperature, between 46 and 80 degrees F (8 and 27 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Dexamethasone Suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Dexamethasone Suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Dexamethasone Suspension is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Dexamethasone Suspension. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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