Medication Guide App

Maxidex 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 Maxidex.

Not all side effects for Maxidex 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 Maxidex). 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
Less common
  • Blindness
  • decreased vision
  • gradual loss of vision
  • headache
  • nausea
  • seeing a veil or curtain across part of your vision
  • seeing flashes or sparks of light
  • seeing floating spots before the eyes
  • vomiting

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to dexamethasone ophthalmic: intraocular implant, ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic solution, ophthalmic suspension


Frequency not reported: Elevation of intraocular pressure with possible development of glaucoma, visual acuity and visual field defects, subcapsular cataract formation, optic nerve damage, secondary ocular infection and perforation of the globe. Less frequent side effects of dexamethasone ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Maxidex) include burning and stinging upon instillation.
Corticosteroid containing preparations have also been reported to cause acute anterior uveitis, keratitis, conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, mydriasis, conjunctival hyperemia, loss of accommodation, and ptosis.

Postmarketing reports concerning dexamethasone intravitreal implant: 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), and retinal detachment[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Headache (dexamethasone intravitreal implant)[Ref]


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3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

4. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

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