Veterinarians prescribe Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Solution to treat multiple inflammatory conditions in the eye(s). What is Dexamethasone Ophthalmic?
This is a corticosteroid solution that is administered directly into the eye(s) in order to treat inflammation due to conditions such as conjunctivitis and some types of keratitis.What are the benefits of Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Solution?
- Helps to decrease inflammation in the eye(s)
- Dropper makes it easy to administer
- Can help to decrease redness and burning in the eye(s)
dogs and catsHow is this medication given?
Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian.
Clean eyes with a sterile eyewash solution prior to applying Dexamethasone ophthalmic solution.
Shake the solution well before using. Place one hand under and around your pet's chin and lift upward, so the pet's eyes are looking towards the ceiling and squeeze the prescribed amount of drops into the corner of the eye without touching the dropper to the eye(s).
Always wash your hands before and after applying medication. Separate other eye medications from this medication by at least 5 minute intervals if your pet needs more the one eye medication.
Call your veterinarian if you have questions about how to use this medication correctly. How does this medication work?
Dexamethasone is a synthetic corticosteroid that blocks the production of chemicals that are the responsible for allergic and inflammatory reactions. What results can I expect?
You should notice eye redness, swelling, and inflammation resolving when this medication is used as directed. What form(s) does Dexamethasone Ophthalmic come in?
Ophthalmic SolutionGeneric Name:
Dexamthasone ophthalmic solution (Common Drug Name)Common Brand Name:
Decadron Dose and Administration:
Apply the prescribed quantity of drops to the affected eye(s). If you forget a dose, give it as soon as you remember but do not double dose. This medication should only be given to the pet it has been prescribed for. Uses:
Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Solution is used to treat inflammatory conditions of the eye(s). Possible Side Effects:
Side effects are unusual with this medication but glaucoma, cataracts, and perforation of the cornea are possible. Other milder side effects such as burning, stinging, itching, redness, blurred vision, or sensitivity to light may also occur. Infection can also occur if this medication is used long-term
More side effects may occur if this medication is accidentally ingested.
Call your veterinarian right away if your pet is having any problems while he/she is being given this medication. Drug and Food Interactions:
Tell your veterinarian about other eye medications, oral medications, or supplements your pet is taking since some interactions are possible. Precautions:
This medication should not be used in animals with an allergy to this medication or similar medications.
This medication should not be used in animals that have fungal or viral infections of the eye before healing has started or if an eye ulcer is present. An ophthalmic exam by a veterinarian is required before use and periodically once treatment has been started.
Corticosteroids can cause premature birth and/or birth defects so this medication may need to be avoided in pregnant and lactating females.
Caution should be used in animals with diabetes mellitus, Cushing's disease (hyperadrenocorticism), or glaucoma. Storage:
Store at room temperature away from children and pets. A prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Solution.