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Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using this product if you have:
 
  • A viral, bacterial, or fungal eye infection
  • A current herpes infection of the eye, or have ever had one
  • Glaucoma
  • A detached retina
  • Endophthalmitis (inflammation inside the eye)
  • Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With the Dexamethasone Intravitreal Implant to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)
 

How Does the Dexamethasone Intravitreal Implant Work?

This product is a tiny, rod-shaped implant that is injected directly into the eye. The implant contains dexamethasone, a corticosteroid (or "steroid") medication. Once inside the eye, the implant slowly dissolves, releasing the medication. Like other steroid medicines, dexamethasone reduces inflammation.
 
Because the implant dissolves inside the eye, it does not need to be removed.
 
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