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Ozurdex

Generic Name: Dexamethasone Eye Implant (deks a METH a sone)
Brand Name: Ozurdex

Medically reviewed on July 4, 2018

Uses of Ozurdex:

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

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Ozurdex?

  • If you have an allergy to dexamethasone or any other part of Ozurdex (dexamethasone eye implant).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If you have glaucoma.
  • If you have ever had a herpes infection of the eye.
  • If you have a type of eye problem called torn or ruptured posterior lens capsule.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Ozurdex (dexamethasone eye implant).

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 Ozurdex (dexamethasone eye implant) 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 Ozurdex?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Ozurdex (dexamethasone eye implant). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not use Ozurdex (dexamethasone eye implant) 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 Ozurdex (dexamethasone eye implant) while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
  • This medicine may cause blurred eyesight after you get the shot. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for clear eyesight until this goes away.
  • Some eye problems like swelling, raised eye pressure, cataracts, and glaucoma have happened with Ozurdex (dexamethasone eye implant). Talk with your doctor.
  • Have an eye exam as you have been told by your doctor.

How is this medicine (Ozurdex) best taken?

Use Ozurdex (dexamethasone eye implant) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given as a shot into the eye.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

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:

  • 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, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
  • Eye redness.
  • If bright lights bother your eyes.
  • Seeing floaters.

What are some other side effects of Ozurdex?

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:

  • Eye irritation.
  • Blurred eyesight.
  • Feeling that something is in the eye.
  • Dry eyes.
  • Blurred eyesight after the shot.

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 Ozurdex?

  • If you need to store Ozurdex (dexamethasone eye implant) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer information use

  • 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.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Ozurdex (dexamethasone eye implant), 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.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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