DEXAMETHASONE (dex a METH a sone) is a corticosteroid. It is used to treat swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions in the eye.
What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
an active eye infection
contact lens wearer
an unusual or allergic reaction to dexamethasone, corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medication?
This medicine is only for use in the eye. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Tilt your head back slightly and pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to your eye, fingertips, or other surface. Squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the pouch. Close the eye for a few moments to spread the drops. Do not use more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medication?
Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other eye products without asking your doctor or health care professional.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?
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, swelling, or redness
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
burning, discomfort, stinging when applied
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Tell your health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Have your eyes checked as directed.
If you wear contact lenses, ask your doctor or health care professional when you can wear your lenses again. If you continue wearing your lenses during treatment, wait 15 minutes after the application of the product before inserting your lenses again.
Where should I keep my medication?
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store between 8 and 27 degrees C (46 and 80 degrees F). Get rid of any unused medicine after the expiration date.
To get rid of medicines that are no longer needed or have expired:
Take the medicine to a medicine take-back program. Check with your pharmacy or law enforcement to find a location.
If you cannot return the medicine, ask your pharmacist or health care provider how to get rid of this medicine safely.
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