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Dexamethasone implant

Pronunciation

Generic Name: dexamethasone (DEX-a-METH-a-sone)
Brand Name: Ozurdex

Dexamethasone implant is used for:

Treating certain types of inflammation or swelling in the eye.

Dexamethasone implant is a corticosteroid. It works by blocking certain substances that cause inflammation.

Do NOT use dexamethasone implant if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in dexamethasone implant
  • you have an eye infection or a certain type of eye problem (torn or ruptured posterior lens capsule)
  • you have glaucoma
  • you have a history of herpes simplex of the eye

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

Before using dexamethasone implant:

Some medical conditions may interact with dexamethasone implant. 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 other eye problems

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

Ask your health care provider if dexamethasone implant 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 implant:

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

  • Dexamethasone implant will be surgically implanted into the eye at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • If you miss your appointment, contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use dexamethasone implant.

Important safety information:

  • Dexamethasone implant may cause blurred vision after you get the injection. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until this goes away.
  • Certain eye problems (eg, swelling, increased eye pressure) have happened with injections in the eye, like dexamethasone implant. After implantation of dexamethasone implant, follow-up eye exams will be required. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Cataracts, swelling, increased eye pressure, and glaucoma have happened with the use of similar medicines. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using dexamethasone implant while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use dexamethasone implant, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of dexamethasone implant:

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

Dry eye; temporary blurred vision after the injection.

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); eye pain or redness; eyes are bothered by bright light; persistent cough; seeing floaters; severe or persistent dizziness or headache; severe or persistent eye irritation; vision changes.

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.

Proper storage of dexamethasone implant:

Dexamethasone implant is handled and stored by a health care provider. You will not store it at home. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about dexamethasone implant, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Dexamethasone implant 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 implant 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 implant. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to dexamethasone implant. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using dexamethasone implant.

Review Date: August 8, 2016

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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