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Maxidex (dexamethasone) Eye Drops

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This medication is used to treat eye swelling, eye injuries, and is sometimes prescribed after cataract surgery.  Dexamethasone is in a class of anti-inflammatories called corticosteroids. 

How to Use

  • Wash your hands.

  • Remove contact lenses (if applicable).

  • Shake well

  • Do not let the dropper tip touch your eye or any other surface. 

  • Tilt your head back, look up and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pocket.

  • Hold the bottle upside down directly over your eye and gently press on the base of the bottle to release one drop at a time into the pocket.

  • Do NOT squeeze the bottle (it is designed so that a gentle press on the bottom is all that it needs).

  • If a drop misses your eye, try again.

  • Look down and close your eye for about 30 seconds.

  • Place a finger at the inner corner of the eye and press. This will reduce the medication from draining out. 

  • Try not to blink, squeeze your eyelids or rub your eyes.

  • Replace bottle cap.

  • Wait 3-5 minutes in between different eye drops (if using multiple types of eye drops).

  • Discard any unused drops 28 days after opening by dropping off to the pharmacy.

  • Some symptoms can get worse if dexamethasone is suddenly stopped so usually the dose is gradually decreased.

Side Effects

Temporary blurred vision (do not drive/operate machinery until you are sure you can do so safely), eye discomfort, abnormal sensation in the eye, dry eye, staining of the eye, sensitivity to light, increased tearing, eyelid crusting, itchy eye, eye irritation, eye redness


  • Store at room temperature 

  • Keep out of reach and sight of children

  • Do not use it after the expiry date (the expiry date refers to the last day of that month)

This is for informational purposes only and does not substitute medical advice.  It is not a complete product summary and does not include a full list of side effects.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have or for any unexpected effects while using this product. 

Source: [Product Monograph Template - Standard] (

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