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According to the manufacturer's recommendations for Ozurdex (dexamethasone intravitreal implant), breastfeeding women should use this drug with caution. Although the active ingredient is not expected to pass through breast milk in large amounts, it has not been studied in breastfeeding women, so potential problems cannot be ruled out. Consult your doctor about your specific situation if you are thinking of nursing while using this product.

Can I Use Ozurdex While Breastfeeding?

Ozurdex® (dexamethasone intravitreal implant) is a prescription eye implant used to treat certain eye diseases. The implant contains dexamethasone, a corticosteroid medication (or "steroid" for short). Ozurdex is injected directly into the eye, where it slowly dissolves, releasing the active medication.
At this time, it is unknown if Ozurdex passes through breast milk. The manufacturer recommends that it be used with caution in breastfeeding women. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about using Ozurdex.

More Information on Breastfeeding and Ozurdex

No research has been done on the use of Ozurdex while breastfeeding. Therefore, it is unknown if dexamethasone, the active ingredient in Ozurdex, passes through breast milk.
Other steroids have been shown to pass through breast milk when taken by mouth. However, Ozurdex is an eye medicine, injected directly into the eye. Very little of the medicine is expected to be absorbed into the blood, where it could pass to breast milk.
Based on this information, it is unlikely that a significant amount of Ozurdex would be found in breast milk, or cause problems in a nursing infant. However, because Ozurdex has not been studied in breastfeeding women, all potential problems cannot yet be ruled out.
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