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Dexamethasone Implant

The implant is used to treat macular edema

Generic Name: dexamethasone  |  Brand Name: Dexpak Jr. Taperpak

Brand Names: Dexpak Jr. Taperpak, Decadron, Hexadrol, Dexone, DexPak 13 DayTaperpak, Decadron 5-12 Pak, DexPak 10 Day Taperpak, Dexamethasone Intensol

What is this medicine?

DEXAMETHASONE (dex a METH a sone) is a corticosteroid. The implant is used to treat macular edema. This is a condition where fluid collects in the eye causing swelling. It is also used to treat swelling in the eye that is not caused by an infection. The implant will only treat the eye that it has been placed into.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • any active infection
  • glaucoma
  • torn posterior lens capsule
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to dexamethasone, corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is placed in position by a surgical procedure. It is done by a trained surgeon in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other eye products without asking your doctor or health care professional.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Have your eyes checked as directed. If your eyes become red, sensitive to light, or you develop eye pain or changes in vision, you should contact your eye doctor right away.

After the implant is placed in your eye, your vision may be blurry. This change should be for only a short time while you heal from the eye surgery. Do not drive or operate machinery until your vision returns to normal.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • bleeding in the eye
  • eye pain
  • prolonged changes in vision
  • redness of the eye
  • sensitivity to light

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

  • headache
  • swelling, pain, and inflammation of the eye
  • temporary changes in vision

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

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.


Last Updated: September 13, 2012
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