Maxidex Ointment (Dexamethasone) Medication


Maxidex Ointment (Dexamethasone)

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Maxidex Ointment is prescribed to alleviate eye inflammation resulting from allergies, shingles (herpes zoster), severe acne, iritis, uveitis, eye injury, radiation, chemical burns, or other specified conditions. 

Classified as a corticosteroid, Maxidex Ointment works by relieving swelling, itching, and redness associated with corticosteroid-responsive eye conditions, though its exact mechanism of action remains unknown. 

Uses and Dosage 

Before initiating treatment and with each prescription refill, carefully review the medication guide and patient information leaflet for Maxidex Ointment. If you have any queries or need further information, do not hesitate to consult your doctor or pharmacist. 

Maxidex Ointment is usually applied to the affected eye(s) up to four times daily. If improvement occurs, your doctor may gradually decrease the frequency to once daily for a few days. 

To properly apply this ointment: 

  1. Begin by washing your hands thoroughly. 
  2. Tilt your head back and gently pull down on the skin just under your eye to create a V pocket. 
  3. Apply a small amount of ointment (about 1/2-inch strip) into the V pocket. 
    • Do not allow the tube tip to touch your eye or any other surfaces to prevent contamination. 
  4. Close the eye and move it in all directions to spread the medication, avoiding blinking or rubbing. 
  5. If directed, repeat steps 2-4 for the other eye. 
  6. Wipe the ointment tube tip with a clean tissue to remove excess medication before recapping it. 
  7. After each application, remember to wash your hands thoroughly. 

If using multiple topical ophthalmic products, ensure a minimum 5-minute interval between administrations, with eye ointments administered last. 

To maximize the benefits of Maxidex Ointment, use it regularly, exactly as directed at around the same time(s) daily. 

The length of treatment with this ointment depends on the severity of the condition for each person. Follow the prescribed duration and consult your doctor before discontinuing use, as abruptly stopping may worsen certain conditions. Gradually reducing your dose may be necessary. 

Side Effects 

Common Side Effects 

  • Eye irritation 

Tell your doctor if common side effects persist or get worse. 

Serious Side Effects 

  • Blurred or tunnel vision 
  • Eye pain 
  • Seeing halos around lights 

Notify your doctor immediately if you exhibit any serious side effects. 

Allergic Reactions 

Although rare, a severe allergic reaction to Maxidex Ointment can occur. Immediate medical help must be sought if any of the following symptoms manifest: 

  • Face, lips, tongue, or throat swelling or itching 
  • Trouble breathing 
  • Hives 

This list does not include all potential side effects of Maxidex Ointment. Report to your doctor if you notice any effects not mentioned here. 


Before starting treatment with Maxidex Ointment, inform your doctor if you have any known allergies, particularly to dexamethasone or any inactive components present in this ointment. 

To ensure Maxidex Ointment is safe for you, disclose to your doctor your medical background, especially if you have a history of: 

  • Eye infections 
  • Recent eye surgery 
  • Cataracts 
  • Glaucoma (open-angle type) 
  • Severe nearsightedness (myopia) 
  • Diabetes 

Maxidex Ointment does not usually have interaction with oral and injected medication; however, drug interaction may still occur. To reduce the risk of such interactions, inform your doctor about all your recent and current medication usage, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements. 

Following the application of Maxidex Ointment, temporary blurred vision may occur. Refrain from driving, operating machinery, or engaging in activities requiring clear vision until you can do so safely. 

Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or intending to conceive, as prolonged use of Maxidex Ointment may pose risks to an unborn baby. 

Consult your doctor regarding the safety of breastfeeding while using Maxidex Ointment, as potential risks may be involved. 

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