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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.

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.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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