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Ozurdex

Last reviewed on RxList: 3/20/2017
Ozurdex Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Ozurdex

Generic Name: dexamethasone intravitreal implant (Pronunciation: DEX a METH a sone IN tra VIT ree al IM plant)

What is dexamethasone intravitreal implant (Ozurdex)?

Dexamethasone is a steroid used to treat inflammation.

Dexamethasone intravitreal is an implant injected into the eye to treat swelling that may occur when there is a blockage of certain blood vessels in your eyes.

Dexamethasone intravitreal implant is also used to treat posterior uveitis, inflammation that affects the back part of the eye.

Dexamethasone intravitreal implant may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of dexamethasone intravitreal implant (Ozurdex)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
  • eye redness, increased sensitivity of your eyes to light; or
  • vision changes.

Less serious side effects may include blurred vision.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Ozurdex (dexamethasone intravitreal implant) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about 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).

You should not receive dexamethasone intravitreal implant if you have an eye infection or untreated glaucoma.

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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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.

Ozurdex Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose

What happens if I miss a dose (Ozurdex)?

Since dexamethasone intravitreal is given as an implant by a healthcare professional, you will not be on a frequent dosing schedule.

What happens if I overdose (Ozurdex)?

Since this medication is given by a healthcare professional in a medical setting, an overdose is unlikely to occur.

What should I avoid after receiving dexamethasone intravitreal implant (Ozurdex)?

This medication may cause blurred vision and may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.

What other drugs will affect dexamethasone intravitreal implant (Ozurdex)?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on dexamethasone used in the eyes. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all medicines you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about dexamethasone intravitreal implant.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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