Ozurdex® (dexamethasone intravitreal implant) is a prescription eye implant used to treat certain eye conditions that cause swelling in the middle and back of the eye. The medication belongs to a group of inflammation-reducing drugs called corticosteroids ("steroids" for short).
This drug comes in the form of an implant (injection), which will be administered by a healthcare provider. Ozurdex dissolves in the eye and does not need to be removed. Although generally well tolerated, side effects are possible and may include:
Bleeding of the eye
(For more drug information on this eye implant, click Ozurdex. This article takes a closer look at this medication, with information on how it works, who can use it, and what to discuss with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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