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Maxidex Ophthalmic

Generic name: dexamethasone (ophthalmic) [ DEX-a-METH-a-sone-off-THAL-mik ]

Brand name: Maxidex

Drug class: Ophthalmic steroids

What is Maxidex Ophthalmic?

Maxidex is a steroid medication used to treat eye inflammation due to allergies, Shingles ( Herpes Zoster), severe rosacea, Iritis and Uveitis. It may also be used in other situations not listed here.

Side effects of Maxidex ophthalmic.

Serious side effects are following:

  • Tunnel vision or blurred vision is a term used to describe this condition.
  • Eye pain
  • If you see halo around lights.

Maxidex can cause a variety of side effects.

  • eye irritation.

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.


Maxidex should not be used if you are suffering from an eye infection, including Herpes Simplex.

Before you take this drug.

Maxidex should not be used if the user is allergic to it or has an eye infection, including herpes simplex.

You should tell your doctor about this drug:

  • glaucoma; or
  • cataracts.

Maxidex can harm an unborn child if used long-term. It may not be safe for you to breastfeed while taking this medication. You should consult your doctor if you have any concerns. Maxidex is not recommended for anyone under 18 years of age.

How to take Maxidex Ophthalmic?

Read all instructions or guides that come with your medication and follow all directions. Follow the directions on the label.Before each use, shake the eye drops thoroughly.Before using eye drops, wash your hands.Create a small pouch by tilting your head slightly back and pulling down your lower eyelid. Squeeze a few drops into the pocket by holding the dropper just above your eye.Only use the prescribed number of drops.Avoid touching the tip or placing it directly onto your eye. If the dropper is contaminated, it can cause serious vision problems.

Use only when wearing soft lenses. Use the medication at least 15 minutes prior to inserting your soft contact lenses.You may need to have frequent vision tests if you are using Maxidex longer than 10 consecutive days.Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat, with the bottle tightly sealed when not in use.Do not abruptly stop taking this medication without consulting with your physician first and following their advice regarding dosage and how much should be taken each time.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If it is nearly time for your next scheduled dosage, simply skip it.

What happens if I overdose?

Overdoses of Maxidex Ophthalmic are not dangerous. If anyone accidentally swallows the medication, seek emergency medical care or call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Maxidex should not be shared with anyone else, even if you share the same symptoms.

Interaction with other drugs

Other drugs that you take are unlikely to affect the medicine used on your eyes. Many drugs interact with one another. Inform your healthcare provider about the medicines you take, including prescriptions and over-the counter medicines, vitamin and herbal product.