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Common Side Effects of the Dexamethasone Intravitreal Implant

The dexamethasone intravitreal implant has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people receiving the implant were documented and then compared to those that occurred in a similar group of people receiving a placebo (an injection with no active ingredients). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the group taking the placebo.
In these studies, common side effects of the dexamethasone intravitreal implant included:
  • Increased pressure in the eye -- in up to 25 percent of people
  • Conjunctival hemorrhage (bleeding of the eye) -- up to 22 percent
  • Eye pain -- up to 8 percent
  • Eye redness -- up to 7 percent
  • Cataract -- up to 5 percent
  • Headache -- up to 4 percent.
In addition, you may experience temporary blurred vision after receiving the implant.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the dexamethasone intravitreal implant side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using the medication. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the dexamethasone intravitreal implant, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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