Dexacidin (Generic Dexamethasone Ophthalmic)
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Why is this medication prescribed?
Dexamethasone lessens eye inflammation, redness, burning, infection, allergies, and edoema brought on by substances, heat, radiation, infections, or foreign objects in the eye. It is occasionally used following eye surgery.
How should this medicine be used?
Eyedrops and eye ointment are two forms of dexamethasone. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Follow the dexamethasone instructions precisely. Use it only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often.
Before each dose, thoroughly shake the container of dexamethasone eyedrops in suspension (Maxidex). Shaking the dexamethasone eyedrop solution is not necessary.
Follow these guidelines to use the eyedrops:
- Use soap and water to thoroughly wash your hands.
- Make sure the dropper tip is not broken or chipped by inspecting it.
- Eyedrops and dropper must be kept clean; avoid contacting the dropper tip to your eye or anything else.
- Pull your lower eyelid down to create a pocket with your index finger while cocking your head back.
- Using your other hand, place the dropper as near to your eye as you can without touching it, tip down.
- Place the hand’s remaining fingers to your face.
- Look up and gently squeeze the dropper so that one drop falls into the lower eyelid’s pocket. You should take your index finger off the lower eyelid.
- Tip your head downward and close your eyes for two to three minutes, pretending to be looking at the floor. Make an effort not to blink or twitch your eyelids.
- Apply little pressure with a finger on the tear duct.
- Use a tissue and wipe any extra liquid from your face.
- Wait at least five minutes before applying the next drop to an eye if you plan to use more than one drop there.
- The dropper bottle’s cap should be replaced and tightened. Avoid cleaning or rinsing the dropper tip.
- To get any medication off your hands, wash them.
Follow these directions to apply the eye ointment:
- Use soap and water to thoroughly wash your hands.
- Apply the cream yourself or have someone else do it.
- Do not touch the tube’s tip to your eye or to anything else. Keep the ointment tidy at all times.
- Lean your head slightly forward.
- Place the tube as close to your eyelid as you can without touching it while holding it between your thumb and index finger.
- Put the hand’s remaining fingers against your cheek or nose.
- Pull your lower eyelid down to create a pocket with the index finger of your other hand.
- In the space created by the lower lid and the eye, dab some ointment. In most cases, a 1/2-inch (1.25-centimeter) strip of ointment is sufficient unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
- To help the medication be absorbed, gently close your eyes and hold them closed for one to two minutes.
- Immediately replace and tighten the cap.
- Using a fresh tissue, remove any extra ointment from your eyes and lashes. Rewash your hands.
Other uses for this medicine
To lessen ear redness, burning, swelling, or inflammation, use dexamethasone eye drops. Discuss the potential dangers of using this medication for your illness with your doctor.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you’re interested in using this drug for any other conditions.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using dexamethasone eyedrops or eye ointment,
- If you have an allergy to dexamethasone, sulfites, or any other medicines, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away.
- In addition to vitamins, be sure to let your doctor and pharmacist know what prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking.
- If you have diabetes or glaucoma, let your doctor know.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor right away if you find out you’re pregnant while taking dexamethasone. If you use dexamethasone eye drops, talk to your doctor about quitting to breastfeed.
- If you wear soft contact lenses, let your doctor know. You should wait at least 15 minutes after using the medication to put in soft contact lenses if the brand of dexamethasone you are using contains benzalkonium chloride.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
When you remember to use the missed drops or cream, do it right away. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. Applying a second dose to make up for a missed one is not advised.
What side effects can this medication cause?
There may be negative effects from dexamethasone. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Alterations in vision, such as blurring and seeing halos around lights
- Ocular pressure and discomfort
- Sagging of the upper eyelid
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
Although many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medications website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
Do not share your medication with anybody else. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
Call your doctor if you continue to experience eye irritation after stopping the dexamethasone.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.
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