If you have eye inflammation caused by certain eye injuries or infections, your healthcare provider may recommend Maxidex® (dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension). This prescription drug comes in the form of an eye drop that is used several times a day.
In most cases, people tolerate this medication well. However, possible side effects can include temporary eye symptoms, such as burning, redness, and stinging. Reactions to this medicine tend to be minor and are typically easy to treat.
Before using the eye drops, make sure to review the safety information for Maxidex with your healthcare provider. This medication may not be suitable for everyone, so make sure your healthcare provider is aware if you have any other medical conditions (including any allergies) or if you are taking any other types of medicine.
(For more information on this eye drop, click Maxidex. This article provides a more in-depth discussion, explaining how this drug works, what to expect while taking it, and how to ensure the effectiveness of each dose.)
Written by/reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: ArthurSchoenstadt, MD
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