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Ozurdex Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving dexamethasone intravitreal implant (Ozurdex)?

You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to dexamethasone (AK-Dex, Ocu-Dex, Cortastat, Dexasone, Solurex, Baycadron, DexPak, Zema Pak), or if you have:

  • an eye infection; or
  • untreated glaucoma.

To make sure you can safely receive dexamethasone intravitreal implant, tell your doctor if you have ever had herpes infection of the eyes.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether dexamethasone intravitreal implant will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether dexamethasone intravitreal implant passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How is dexamethasone intravitreal implant given (Ozurdex)?

Dexamethasone intravitreal implant will be injected into your eye by healthcare professional in a clinic setting.

After the implant is put in place, you will be watched closely for any swelling or inflammation in your eyeball.

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