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In clinical studies, the most commonly reported side effect of Ozurdex was increased pressure in the eye. Other problems that may occur during treatment include eye pain, eye redness, and headache. Although most reactions to this drug are minor and easily treated, potentially dangerous reactions are also possible, such as double vision, allergic reactions, and loss of peripheral vision.

An Introduction to Ozurdex Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Ozurdex® (dexamethasone intravitreal implant) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Ozurdex. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Ozurdex

Ozurdex has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people receiving Ozurdex were documented and then compared to those that occurred in a similar group of people receiving a placebo (an injection with no active ingredients). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the groups taking the placebo.
In these studies, common reactions to Ozurdex included:
  • Increased pressure in the eye -- in up to 25 percent of people
  • Conjunctival hemorrhage (bleeding of the eye) -- up to 22 percent
  • Eye pain -- up to 8 percent
  • Eye redness -- up to 7 percent
  • Cataract -- up to 5 percent
  • Headache -- up to 4 percent.
In addition, you may experience temporary blurred vision after receiving the implant.
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