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Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Suspension

What If I Overdose on This Medication?

It is not clear what to expect from an overdose with dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension. Seek immediate medical attention if you or someone else may have overdosed on this medication.
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What Should I Do If I Forget a Dose?

If you forget your dose of dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension, use it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and continue with your regular schedule. Do not use a double dose.

How Does It Work?

Like other corticosteroids, dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension works by reducing inflammation. It also interferes with the body's normal immune response, which can slow down or delay healing. This can be a problem if an infection is present, or if there is a risk for infection.

When and How to Use This Medication

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of an eye suspension (eye drop). It is normally used in the affected eye(s) four to six times a day, but may be used as often as every hour if the eye problem is severe.
  • To use dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension, shake the bottle well to mix the contents, then pull down the lower eyelid gently with your finger to form a pocket. Instill the eye drops into this pocket.
  • Do not allow the tip of the bottle to touch any surface, including the eye. This helps keep the eye drops free from contamination. Contaminated eye drops could cause an infection in your eye.
  • Apply light pressure to your tear duct (the small hole in the corner of the eye, near the nose) after instilling the eye drops to help reduce the amount of the medicine absorbed into the rest of the body.
  • One of the preservatives in dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension may be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Do not wear contact lenses while using this medication. Ask your healthcare provider when you may wear contacts again.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.

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