AK-Dex Side Effects
Generic Name: dexamethasone ophthalmic
Note: This page contains information about the side effects of dexamethasone ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name AK-Dex.
Not all side effects for AK-Dex may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.
For the Consumer
Applies to dexamethasone ophthalmic: intraocular implant
In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by dexamethasone ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in AK-Dex). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.
If any of the following side effects occur while taking dexamethasone ophthalmic, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:More common
- Bloody eye
- blurred vision
- change in vision
- eye pain
- loss of vision
- redness of the white part of the eye or inside of the eyelid
- decreased vision
- gradual loss of vision
- seeing a veil or curtain across part of your vision
- seeing flashes or sparks of light
- seeing floating spots before the eyes
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to dexamethasone ophthalmic: intraocular implant, ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic solution, ophthalmic suspension
The most commonly reported side effects were cataract, elevation of intraocular pressure, and conjunctival hemorrhage.[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Cataract (up to 68%), elevation of intraocular pressure (28%), conjunctival hemorrhage (22%)
Common (1% to 10%): Eye pain, conjunctival hyperemia, ocular hypertension, reduced visual acuity, conjunctivitis, vitreous floaters, conjunctival edema, dry eye, vitreous detachment, vitreous opacities, retinal aneurysm, foreign body sensation, corneal erosion, keratitis, anterior chamber inflammation, retinal tear, eyelid ptosis, vitreous detachment, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, corneal staining, photophobia, blurred vision, eye pruritus, increased lacrimation
Rare (less than 0.1%): Burning, stinging
Frequency not reported: Glaucoma with optic nerve damage, visual acuity and visual field defects, subcapsular cataract formation, secondary ocular infection and perforation of the globe
Postmarketing experience: Complication of device insertion (implant misplacement), device dislocation with or without corneal edema, endophthalmitis, hypotony of the eye (associated with vitreous leakage due to injection), retinal detachment[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Hypertension (13%)[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Headache
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dysgeusia, migraine
Frequency not reported: Dizziness[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Bronchitis[Ref]
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