Generic Name: dexamethasone (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 dexamethasone suspension. 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. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eyelid for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
- 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 this medicine 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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Blurring of vision.
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 about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, 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.
- 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.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take dexamethasone suspension or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about dexamethasone suspension. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to dexamethasone suspension. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using dexamethasone suspension.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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