Ozurdex

Generic Name: Dexamethasone

  • What is Ozurdex?

    Ozurdex is a corticosteroid medicine (helps fight inflammation) that is injected inside the eye to treat macular edema (swelling of the back of the eye) following blockage of veins in the retina of your eye. Also, Ozurdex is used to treat noninfectious inflammation of the posterior uvea, the middle layer of your eye.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Ozurdex?

    Ozurdex is to only be injected in the eye. Each applicator can only be used for the treatment of a single eye. If your other eye requires treatment, a new applicator must be used.

    Ozurdex can cause eye problems such as inflammation, an increase in eye pressure, and blurry vision. Tell your doctor immediately if your eye becomes red, sensitive to light, painful, or if you develop a change in your vision. Do not drive or use machines while you experience blurred vision due to Ozurdex.

  • Who should not take Ozurdex?

    Do not use Ozurdex if you have active or suspected eye infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses; if you have severe glaucoma (high pressure in the eye); or if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Ozurdex?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Ozurdex. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have eye infections, glaucoma, or other eye problems.

  • What is the usual dosage?

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

    Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you, based on your condition.

  • How should I take Ozurdex?

    Your doctor will administer Ozurdex for you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Ozurdex?

    Do not drive or use machines while you experience blurred vision due to Ozurdex.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Ozurdex?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Ozurdex at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Ozurdex?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: bleeding of the eye, cataract, eye pain, headache, increased eye pressure

  • Can I receive Ozurdex if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Ozurdex during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Ozurdex?

    Ozurdex should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Ozurdex?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.