Maxidex Suspension

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP Last updated on RxList: 1/3/2022
Maxidex Suspension Side Effects Center

What Is Maxidex?

Maxidex (dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension) 0.1% Suspension is an adrenocortical steroid used for:

What Are Side Effects of Maxidex?

Common side effects of Maxidex include:

  • glaucoma with optic nerve damage,
  • vision problems,
  • cataracts,
  • secondary eye infection following suppression of host response,
  • and perforation of the outer membranes of the eye.

Dosage for Maxidex

The dose of Maxidex is one or two drops topically in the eye(s). In severe disease, drops may be used hourly, being tapered to discontinuation as the inflammation subsides. In mild disease, drops may be used up to four to six times daily.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Maxidex?

Maxidex may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

Maxidex During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Maxidex; it is unknown how it would affect a fetus. Prolonged or repeated corticoid use during pregnancy has been associated with an increased risk of delayed fetal growth. It is unknown if topical Maxidex passes into breast milk in sufficient quantities to affect a nursing infant. Systemically administered corticosteroids pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our Maxidex (dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension) 0.1% Suspension Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

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.


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Maxidex Suspension Consumer Information

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

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • muscle tightness, weakness, or limp feeling;
  • blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
  • shortness of breath (even with mild exertion), swelling, rapid weight gain;
  • severe depression, unusual thoughts or behavior;
  • a seizure (convulsions);
  • bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood;
  • fast or slow heart rate, weak pulse;
  • pancreatitis--severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting;
  • low potassium level--leg cramps, constipation, irregular heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, increased thirst or urination, numbness or tingling; or
  • increased blood pressure--severe headache, blurred vision, pounding in your neck or ears, anxiety, nosebleed.

Dexamethasone can affect growth in children. Tell your doctor if your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medicine.

Common side effects may include:

  • fluid retention (swelling in your hands or ankles);
  • increased appetite;
  • mood changes, trouble sleeping;
  • skin rash, bruising or discoloration;
  • acne, increased sweating, increased hair growth;
  • headache, dizziness;
  • nausea, vomiting, upset stomach;
  • changes in your menstrual periods; or
  • changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist).

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 entire detailed patient monograph for Maxidex Suspension (Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Suspension)


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Maxidex Suspension Professional Information


Glaucoma with optic nerve damage, visual acuity and field defects; cataract formation; secondary ocular infection following suppression of host response; and perforation of the globe may occur.

Clinical Studies Experience

In clinical studies with MAXIDEX, the most frequently reports adverse reactions were ocular discomfort occurring in approximately 10% of the patients and eye irritation occurring in approximately 1% of the patients. All other adverse reactions from these studies occurred with a frequency less than 1% including keratitis, conjunctivitis, dry eye, photophobia, blurred vision, eye pruritis, foreign body sensation, increased lacrimation, abnormal ocular sensation, eyelid margin crusting, and ocular hyperemia.

Postmarketing Experience

Additional adverse reactions identified from post-marketing use include corneal erosion, dizziness, eye pain, eyelid ptosis, headache, hypersensitivity reactions, and mydriasis. Frequencies cannot be estimated
from the available data.

The following additional adverse reactions have been reported with dexamethasone use: Cushing’s syndrome and adrenal suppression may occur after use of dexamethasone in excess of the listed dosing instructions in predisposed patients, including children and patients treated with CYP3A4 inhibitors


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