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Dexycu (intraocular)

Generic name: dexamethasone (intraocular) [ DEX-a-METH-a-sone ]
Brand names: Dextenza, Dexycu, Ozurdex
Drug class: Ophthalmic steroids

Medically reviewed by on Oct 16, 2023. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Dexycu intraocular?

Dexycu (for the eyes) is a steroid medicine used to treat or prevent eye inflammation caused by disease, injury, eye surgery, or blocked blood vessels.

Dexycu or Ozurdex is a liquid that is injected into the eye.

Dextenza is also used to treat eye itching caused by allergies. Dextenza is an insert that is placed into the tear duct in the lower eyelid.

Dexycu may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Dexycu intraocular side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Dexycu may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have:

Repeat treatments with Ozurdex may cause you to develop cataracts, which can affect your vision and may require surgical treatment. Your doctor will determine how often to treat you with Dexycu.

Common side effects of Dexycu may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


You should not be treated with Ozurdex if you have an eye infection, advanced glaucoma, or a history of eye ulcer, surgery, or trauma that has injured or ruptured the lens in your eye.

Before taking this medicine

You should not be treated with Ozurdex if you are allergic to Dexycu, or if you have:

Dexycu can worsen or reactivate an eye infection you already have or have recently had (including herpes infection of the eyes).

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How is Dexycu intraocular given?

Dextenza, Dexycu, and Ozurdex will be given into your eye by a healthcare professional in a clinic setting. The doctor will use a medicine to numb your eye before giving you the injection.

After this medicine has been given, you will be watched closely for any swelling, inflammation, or increased pressure in your eye.

You may need medication or other treatments to keep the increased pressure in your eye from getting too high. Follow your doctor's instructions.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Dexycu intraocular does not have a daily dosing schedule.

What happens if I overdose?

Since the Dexycu implant contains a specific amount of the medicine, you are not likely to receive an overdose.

What should I avoid after receiving Dexycu intraocular?

Dexycu may cause blurred vision and may impair your reactions. Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you are able to see clearly.

What other drugs will affect Dexycu intraocular?

Medicine used in the eyes is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Frequently asked questions

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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