Eye drop MAXIDEX(dexamethasone) may make you blind: Beware

MaxidexWe have received a comment from an unknown person (WEL) who liked to warn every body about the out come of MAXIDEX(dexamethasone) drops by ALCON LABS. According to the fellow he (or she) lost the vision of an eye after using the product.

Please find the original comment here with:

Submitted on 2009/06/21 at 5:56pm

MAXIDEX DEXAMETHASONE WARNING

I had eye surgery and in the post-op pack was MAXIDEX(dexamethasone) drops by ALCON LABS.

Two days later I was BLIND

Use Google and enter EPOCRATES MAXIDEX REACTION to verify

Or call 800-757-9195

As you can see we don't have enough proof or any second opinion that can justify the authenticity of the comment, but be it true or false the word "blindness" prompt us to be on alert and also alert you to judge the product with your eye care professional before using it.

Information about Maxidex

Maxidex® 0.1% (dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension) is an adrenocortical steroid prepared as a sterile topical ophthalmic suspension.
Each mL contains: Active: dexamethasone 0.1%. Preservative: benzalkonium chloride 0.01%. Vehicle: hypromellose 0.5%. Inactives: sodium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate, polysorbate 80, edetate disodium, citric acid and/or sodium hydroxide (to adjust pH), purified water.

Dexamethasone suppresses the inflammatory response to a variety of agents and it probably delays or slows healing.

Do NOT use Maxidex Suspension if:

* you are allergic to any ingredient in Maxidex Suspension
* you have certain other eye infections (eg, herpes, tuberculosis, fungal, or viral infection)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Maxidex Suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with Maxidex Suspension. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

* if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
* if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
* if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
* if you have diabetes or thinning of the cornea or other eye tissues

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Maxidex Suspension. Because little, if any, of Maxidex Suspension is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Maxidex Suspension may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

Prolonged use may result in ocular hypertension and/or glaucoma, with damage to the optic nerve, defects in visual acuity and fields of vision, and posterior subcapsular cataract formation. Prolonged use may suppress the host response and thus increase the hazard of secondary ocular infections. In those diseases causing thinning of the cornea or sclera, perforations have been known to occur with the use of topical corticosteroids. In acute purulent conditions of the eye, corticosteroids may mask infection or enhance existing infection. If these products are used for 10 days or longer, intraocular pressure should be routinely monitored even though it may be difficult in children and uncooperative patients.

Employment of corticosteroid medication in the treatment of herpes simplex other than epithelial herpes simplex keratitis, in which it is contraindicated, requires great caution; periodic slit-lamp microscopy is essential.

Source: FDA Professional Drug Information via Drugs.com

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