Maxidex Ophthalmic Dropsand/or alternativesChemical Ingredient: Dexamethasone
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Generic medications are significantly discounted copies of brand name medication that have the same active ingredients, intended use, dosage, side effects, effects, and route of administration as the original brand name medication. In other words, generic medications have the same pharmacological effects as their brand-name counterparts. Over half of all prescribed medications are for generic medications.
0.1% Eye Suspension/Drops
No generic is available for Maxidex 0.1%.
- Manufactured by Alcon Laboratories UK Ltd
- Product of United Kingdom • Shipped from United Kingdom
- Prescription Required
No generic is available for Maxidex 0.1%.
Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops Drug Information
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Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops Overview
Dexamethasone is used to treat conditions such as arthritis, blood/hormone/immune system disorders, allergic reactions, certain skin and eye conditions, breathing problems, certain bowel disorders, and certain cancers. It is also used as a test for an adrenal gland disorder (Cushing's syndrome). Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops is a corticosteroid hormone (glucocorticoid). It decreases your body's natural defensive response and reduces symptoms such as swelling and allergic-type reactions.
How to Use Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops
Take Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops by mouth as directed by your doctor. Take with food or milk to prevent stomach upset. Take Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops by mouth with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise. If you are using the liquid form of the medication, use a medication-measuring device to carefully measure the prescribed dose. Do not use a household spoon. If you take Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops once daily, take it in the morning before 9 AM. If you are taking Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops every other day or on another schedule besides a daily one, it may help to mark your calendar with a reminder. The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Your doctor may attempt to reduce your dose slowly from time to time to minimize side effects. Use Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day. It is important to continue taking Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops even if you feel well. Follow the dosing schedule carefully, and take Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops exactly as prescribed. Do not stop taking Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased. Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or worsens.
Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops Precautions
Before taking dexamethasone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone); or if you have any other allergies. Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,infections (e.g., tuberculosis, herpes, fungal infections), kidney disease, liver disease, mental/mood conditions (e.g., psychosis, anxiety, depression), low blood minerals (e.g., low potassium/calcium), thyroid disease, stomach/intestinal problems (e.g., ulcer, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, unexplained diarrhea), high blood pressure, heart problems (e.g., congestive heart failure, recent heart attack), diabetes, eye diseases (e.g., cataracts, glaucoma, herpes infection of the eye), brittle bones (osteoporosis), history of blood clots. Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops may mask signs of infection or put you at greater risk of developing very serious infections. Report any injuries or signs of infection (e.g., persistent sore throat/fever/cough, pain during urination, muscle aches) that occur during treatment. Using corticosteroid medications for a long time can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops or have used Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops within the past 12 months. Tell your doctor right away if you develop unusual/extreme tiredness or weight loss. If you will be using Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops for a long time, carry a warning card or medical ID bracelet that identifies your use of Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops. Do not have immunizations, vaccinations, or skin tests unless specifically directed by your doctor. Live vaccines may cause serious complications (e.g., infection) if given while you are taking Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops. Avoid contact with people who have recently received oral polio vaccine or flu vaccine inhaled through the nose. Avoid contact with people who have chickenpox or measles unless you have previously had these diseases (e.g., in childhood). If you are exposed to one of these infections and you have not previously had it, seek immediate medical attention. If you have a history of ulcers or take large doses of aspirin or other arthritis medication, limit alcoholic beverages while taking Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops to decrease the risk of stomach/intestinal bleeding. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. If you have diabetes, Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops may make it harder to control your blood sugar levels. Monitor your blood sugar levels regularly and inform your doctor of the results. Your medicine, exercise plan, or diet may need to be adjusted. Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis). Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops, especially bone loss/pain, stomach/intestinal bleeding, and mental/mood changes (such as confusion). Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops may slow down a child's growth if used for a long time. Consult the doctor or pharmacist for more details. See the doctor regularly so your child's height and growth can be checked. During pregnancy, Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Infants born to mothers who have been using Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops for an extended time and/or at high doses may have low levels of corticosteroid hormone. Tell your doctor right away if you notice symptoms such as persistent nausea/vomiting, severe diarrhea, or weakness in your newborn. Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops may pass into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast- feeding.
Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops Misdose
If you are taking Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops daily and on a regular schedule, and you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up. If you are taking Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops every other day or are slowly reducing your dose, and you miss a dose, then contact your doctor or pharmacist right away to establish a new dosing schedule.
Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops Interactions
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.aminoglutethimide, birth control pills, certain cancer drugs (dasatinib, lapatinib, sunitinib, aldesleukin), cholestyramine, digoxin, drugs that can cause bleeding/bruising (including antiplatelet drugs such as clopidogrel "blood thinners" such as dabigatran/warfarin, NSAIDs such as aspirin/celecoxib/ibuprofen), ephedrine, estrogen hormone replacement, isoniazid, mifepristone, rilpivirine, thalidomide. Other medications can affect the removal of dexamethasone from your body, which may affect how dexamethasone works. Examples include azole antifungals (such as ketoconazole), barbiturates (such as phenobarbital), rifamycins (such as rifampin), certain medications used to treat seizures (such as phenytoin), among others. If your doctor has directed you to take low-dose aspirin for heart attack or stroke prevention (usually at dosages of 81-325 milligrams a day), you should continue taking it unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including skin tests), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops.
Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops Side Effects
What are Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops
The side effects of Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops and the side effects associated with Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops are described in the following:
Common Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops Side Effects
- mood changes
- body fluid retention
- gastric acid hypersecretory conditions
- weight gain
- increased appetite
Less Frequent Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops Side Effects
- diabetes mellitus
- gastrointestinal hemorrhage
- skin atrophy
- irregular menstrual periods
- dry skin
- facial edema
Rare or Very Rare Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops Side Effects
- paranoid disorder
- drug-induced psychosis
- epidural lipomatosis
- idiopathic intracranial hypertension
- ocular hypertension
- cardiac arrest
- cardiac arrhythmia
- chronic heart failure
- thromboembolic disorder
- pulmonary edema
- esophageal ulcer
- peptic ulcer
- acute pancreatitis
- tendon rupture
- seizure disorder
- abnormal hepatic function tests
- impaired wound healing
- fat embolism
- hypothalamic-pituitary insufficiency
- Kaposi's sarcoma
- lupus-like syndrome
- gastrointestinal perforation
- central serous chorioretinopathy
- avascular necrosis of bone
- acute confusion
- personality disorders
- allergic dermatitis
- skin striae
- acne vulgaris
- muscle weakness
- blurred vision
- skin rash
- skin scaling
- headache disorder
- abdominal distension
- menstrual disorder
- memory impairment
- peripheral sensory neuropathy
Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops Storage
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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