Dexamethasone (Into the eye)

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Dexamethasone (dex-a-METH-a-sone)

Treats inflammation of the eye after surgery. This medicine is a corticosteroid.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to dexamethasone, or if you have certain other eye infections (including herpes simplex, mycobacterial eye infection).

How to Use This Medicine


  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine. This medicine is given as a shot into the eye.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have glaucoma or had a lens implanted into your eyes.
  • This medicine may cause the following problems:
    • Eye problems (including glaucoma, cataracts, infections) with long-term use
    • Increased pressure in your eye, which can damage the optic nerve
    • Slow healing of the eye
  • If you hurt your eye, develop an eye infection, or need to have eye surgery, talk with your doctor right away. You may need to change your medicine or stop using it.
  • Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blurred vision or changes in vision
  • Increased discharge, redness, pain, or irritation in your eye

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Irritated, dry, or watery eyes, a feeling that something is in your eyes

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088