Maxidex (Dexamethasone) is used to treat eye inflammation caused by allergies, shingles (herpes zoster), severe acne, iritis, uveitis, eye injury, radiation, chemical burns, or certain other conditions. It may also be used after eye surgery to reduce swelling and irritation. Maxidex may also be used for other purposes not listed above. Maxidex belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids, and works by interfering with the body's normal immune response, and blocking the release of substances that cause inflammation in the body. Take this medication exactly as prescribed. Do not use it in larger or smaller amounts, or for longer than recommended. Do not stop taking this medication before your doctor instructs you to, even if your symptoms improve, as your condition may not be fully treated.
Canadian Pharmacy King currently offers the brand Maxidex from Canada by Alcon. Maxidex Ophthalmic Ointment is available in a dosage of 0.1 %/3.5 gm, and Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops are available in a dosage of 0.1 %/5 ml. The generic alternative is currently unavailable.
Common side effects Maxidex may include itching, stinging, or mild burning in and around the eyes. Call your doctor immediately if you notice more serious side effects such as:
• Blurred vision, tunnel vision;
• Eye pain;
• Seeing halos around lights
This is not a complete list of side effects, and others may occur. Contact your doctor if any of these side effects worsen or persist.
You should not use Maxidex if you are allergic to Dexamethasone, or if you have an active eye infection such as herpes simplex. To make sure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had glaucoma, or cataracts. Using Maxidex long term may harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant to discuss any possible risks. It may not be safe to breastfeed while using this medication. Ask your doctor about any risks. Maxidex is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old. Do not use this medication while wearing soft contact lenses. Use this medication at least 15 minutes before inserting your contact lenses. If you use Maxidex for longer than 10 days, you may need frequent vision tests to check the pressure inside your eyes. Do not share this medication with another person, even if they have the same symptoms as you. Medication used in the eyes is not likely to be affected by other oral drugs you use. Regardless, tell your doctor about any medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements you are currently taking or have recently taken in order to reduce the risk of any possible interactions.
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