Dexamethasone Ophthalmic/Otic Solution

Generic Name: Dexamethasone

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Dexamethasone ophthalmic/otic solution is a medicine used to treat allergic and inflammatory conditions of the eyes and ears.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Dexamethasone ophthalmic/otic solution works by stopping the release of certain substances in the body that cause swelling, thereby reducing symptoms associated with conditions of the eyes and ears.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Dexamethasone ophthalmic/otic solution may reduce swelling in your eyes and ears.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use dexamethasone ophthalmic/otic solution exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may feel an improvement in your symptoms once you begin using dexamethasone ophthalmic/otic solution. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: changes in your vision.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Eye problems, such as glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), cataracts, or an infection.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use dexamethasone ophthalmic/otic solution if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to sulfites (may be found in certain foods and beverages).

    Do not use dexamethasone ophthalmic/otic solution if you have certain infections.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with dexamethasone ophthalmic/otic solution. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have an eye infection.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.


    Adults: The recommended starting dose is 1 or 2 drops into your lower eyelid once every hour during the day and every 2 hours during the night.


    Adults: The recommended starting dose is 3 or 4 drops into the affected ear(s) two or three times a day.

    Your healthcare provider may adjust your dose as needed.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use dexamethasone ophthalmic/otic solution exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using dexamethasone ophthalmic/otic solution without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    If you are applying dexamethasone ophthalmic/otic solution into your ear(s), clean your ear canal and sponge dry before applying the medicine.

    Dexamethasone ophthalmic/otic solution contains a preservative that may be absorbed by your contact lenses. Remove your contact lenses prior to the administration of dexamethasone ophthalmic/otic solution and reinsert them after 15 minutes.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not allow the tip of the bottle to touch your eye or any other surface, as this can contaminate dexamethasone ophthalmic/otic solution.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    No significant interactions have been reported with dexamethasone ophthalmic/otic solution at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of dexamethasone ophthalmic/otic solution during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are using dexamethasone ophthalmic/otic solution. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of dexamethasone ophthalmic/otic solution, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.