Maxidex Warnings and Precautions
If you are using Maxidex, it is important to know that this eye medication can cause problems, such as glaucoma, cataracts, or allergic reactions. Other safety precautions with Maxidex involve warnings about using this drug while pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, contact your healthcare provider if you develop vision problems, such as blurred or clouded vision.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Maxidex® (dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension) if you have:
- A viral eye infection, such as a herpes eye infection
- A tuberculosis eye infection
- A fungal infection in the eye
- Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With MaxidexSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this eye medicine include:
- Prolonged use of Maxidex may cause increased pressure in the eyes, glaucoma, and cataracts. If you use this medication for longer than 10 days, your healthcare provider will monitor the pressure in your eyes to check for glaucoma. Contact your healthcare provider if you are using this eye drop and experience any vision problems, such as:
- Loss of vision
- Clouded vision
- Blurred vision.
- Steroids, including Maxidex, can suppress the body's immune system, especially if used for long periods of time. This can increase the risk for infections, such as viral or fungal infections of the eye. Maxidex can mask an infection or make a current infection worse.
- Maxidex increases the risk for a tear or hole in the cornea (the transparent part of the outer covering of the eye) or sclera (the white outer covering of the eye) in people who have eye conditions that thin these parts of the eyes. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience excessive eye watering, pain, or have the feeling that something is in your eye.
- To keep the drops sterile and free from contamination, do not touch the tip of the dropper to anything, including the surface of your eye.
- Maxidex may react with a few other medications (see Maxidex Drug Interactions).
- Maxidex is a pregnancy Category C medication, which means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Maxidex and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is unknown if Maxidex passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider before using this eye medicine (see Maxidex and Breastfeeding).