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Dexamethasone / neomycin ophthalmic Side Effects

Applies to dexamethasone/neomycin ophthalmic: ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic solution.


Contact your doctor if your symptoms begin to get worse or if you do not see any improvement in your condition after a few days.

Do not touch the dropper or tube opening to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper or tube opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.

Apply light pressure to the inside corner of your eye (near your nose) after each drop to prevent the fluid from draining down your tear duct.

Serious side effects are not expected with this medication.

Some burning, stinging, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, eyelid itching, eyelid swelling, or sensitivity to light may occur.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to dexamethasone / neomycin ophthalmic: ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic solution.


Ocular side effects have included elevation of intraocular pressure with possible development of glaucoma, delayed wound healing, and posterior subcapsular cataract formation. Optic nerve damage has been reported infrequently.

Corticosteroid containing preparations have also been reported to cause acute anterior uveitis, perforation of the globe, keratitis, conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, mydriasis, conjunctival hyperemia, loss of accommodation, and ptosis.[Ref]


Hypersensitivity reactions due to allergic sensitization to the neomycin component have been reported.[Ref]


Dexamethasone-neomycin ophthalmic can facilitate the development of a secondary bacterial or fungal infection.[Ref]


1. "Product Information. NeoDecadron (dexamethasone-neomycin ophthalmic)." Merck & Co, Inc, West Point, PA.

Further information

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

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.