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Dexamethasone Solution (Drops)

Pronunciation

Generic Name: Dexamethasone Solution (Drops) (DEX ah METH ah sone)
Brand Name: Maxidex

Uses of Dexamethasone Solution:

  • It is used to treat eye swelling.
  • It is used to treat eye irritation.
  • It is used to treat ear swelling.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Dexamethasone Solution?

For all uses of dexamethasone solution (drops):

  • If you have an allergy to dexamethasone or any other part of this medicine.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

For use in the eye:

  • If you have any of these health problems: A fungal, TB (tuberculosis), or viral infection of the eye.
  • If you have any kind of eye infection.

For use in the ear:

  • If you have a fungal infection of the ear.
  • If you have a hole in the eardrum.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with dexamethasone solution.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Dexamethasone Solution?

All products:

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take dexamethasone solution. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not use this medicine for longer than you were told by your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using dexamethasone solution while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Solution or suspension:

  • If you are allergic to sulfites, talk with your doctor. Some products have sulfites.

For use in the eye:

  • Use care when driving or doing other tasks that call for clear eyesight.
  • Long-term use may raise the chance of cataracts or glaucoma. Talk with the doctor.
  • Have your eye pressure checked if you are on this medicine for a long time. Talk with your doctor.

How is this medicine (Dexamethasone Solution) best taken?

Use dexamethasone solution as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

For all uses of dexamethasone solution (drops):

  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Use as you have been told, even if your signs get better.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.

For use in the eye:

  • Take out contact lenses before using dexamethasone solution. Lenses may be put back in 15 minutes after this medicine is given. Do not put contacts back in if your eyes are irritated or infected.
  • Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.
  • Tilt your head back and drop drug into the eye.
  • After use, keep your eyes closed. Put pressure on the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 1 to 2 minutes. This keeps the drug in your eye.

For use in the ear:

  • If you are using dexamethasone solution in the ear, use as the doctor tells you.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

All products:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

All eye products:

  • Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.

For use in the ear:

  • Very bad ear irritation.

What are some other side effects of Dexamethasone Solution?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

For use in the eye:

  • Eye irritation.
  • Blurred eyesight.
  • Feeling that something is in the eye.

For use in the ear:

  • Ear irritation.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Dexamethasone Solution?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take dexamethasone solution (drops) or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. 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 dexamethasone solution. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Review Date: October 4, 2017

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