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Dexamethasone intravitreal implant

What is this medicine?

DEXAMETHASONE (dex a METH a sone) is a corticosteroid. It is placed in the eye during a procedure and is used to help treat swelling in the eye or a condition called macular edema.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is placed in the eye by a doctor or healthcare professional. It is given in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • changes in vision

  • eye pain

  • signs of infection in the eye, such as pain, redness, swelling, and discharge

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • headache

  • moving black spots in your vision ('floaters') following the procedure

  • eye irritation or redness following the procedure

  • watery eyes

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other eye products without talking to your doctor or health care professional.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • any active infection

  • diabetes

  • glaucoma

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to dexamethasone, corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need to have regular eye exams after your procedure.

Make sure to follow all of the instructions given to you by your health care provider for after your procedure. Because you may have blurred vision or a temporary change in vision after the procedure, follow all directions regarding driving or operating machinery.

NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2018 Elsevier