Dexamethasone intravitreal implant
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.
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.
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
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.):
swelling, pain, and inflammation of the eye
temporary changes in vision
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 if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
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
torn posterior lens capsule
an unusual or allergic reaction to dexamethasone, corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
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.