Ocu-Dex Side Effects
Generic Name: dexamethasone ophthalmic
Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug dexamethasone ophthalmic. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Ocu-Dex.
For the Consumer
Applies to dexamethasone ophthalmic: intraocular implant
As well as its needed effects, dexamethasone ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Ocu-Dex) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.
If any of the following side effects occur while taking dexamethasone ophthalmic, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:More common:
- Bloody eye
- blurred vision
- change in vision
- eye pain
- loss of vision
- redness of the white part of the eye or inside of the eyelid
- decreased vision
- gradual loss of vision
- seeing a veil or curtain across part of your vision
- seeing flashes or sparks of light
- seeing floating spots before the eyes
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to dexamethasone ophthalmic: intraocular implant, ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic solution, ophthalmic suspension
The most commonly reported side effects were cataract, elevation of intraocular pressure, and conjunctival hemorrhage.[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Cataract (up to 68%), elevation of intraocular pressure (28%), conjunctival hemorrhage (22%)
Common (1% to 10%): Eye pain, conjunctival hyperemia, ocular hypertension, reduced visual acuity, conjunctivitis, vitreous floaters, conjunctival edema, dry eye, vitreous detachment, vitreous opacities, retinal aneurysm, foreign body sensation, corneal erosion, keratitis, anterior chamber inflammation, retinal tear, eyelid ptosis, vitreous detachment, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, corneal staining, photophobia, blurred vision, eye pruritus, increased lacrimation
Rare (less than 0.1%): Burning, stinging
Frequency not reported: Glaucoma with optic nerve damage, visual acuity and visual field defects, subcapsular cataract formation, secondary ocular infection and perforation of the globe
Postmarketing experience: Complication of device insertion (implant misplacement), device dislocation with or without corneal edema, endophthalmitis, hypotony of the eye (associated with vitreous leakage due to injection), retinal detachment[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Hypertension (13%)[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Headache
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dysgeusia, migraine
Frequency not reported: Dizziness[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Bronchitis[Ref]
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It is possible that some side effects of Ocu-Dex may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
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