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What Is Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Suspension Used For?

Dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension is prescribed for treating swelling of the eyes and eyelids in adults age 18 and older. Specifically, this medicated eye drop is used to treat eye inflammation caused by certain eye problems, such as allergic conjunctivitis, iritis, or injuries to the cornea. At this time, there are no unapproved ("off-label") reasons to use dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension.

An Overview of Uses for Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Suspension

Dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension (Maxidex®) is a prescription eye drop that belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids, or just "steroids" for short. It is used to treat inflammation of the eyes and eyelids caused by certain infections, injuries, or eye conditions.
Some of the eye problems dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension may be used to treat include:
  • Allergic conjunctivitis (pink eye caused by allergies)
  • Acne rosacea
  • Keratitis (inflammation of the cornea)
  • Iritis (inflammation of the iris)
  • Injury to the cornea from chemicals, radiation, burns, or something that gets into the eye.

How Does This Medication 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.

Is It Safe for Children to Use Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Suspension?

This medicine is not approved for use in children younger than 18 years of age, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group.

Is It Safe for Older Adults?

Dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension can be used in older adults. Older adults are not expected to respond any differently to this medication than other age groups.

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