Maxidex Ointment (Dexamethasone)

Maxidex Ointment

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Maxidex Ointment (dexamethasone sodium phosphate) is indicated for the treatment of steroid-responsive inflammatory conditions of the palpebral and bulbar conjunctiva, cornea, and anterior segment of the globe. Some of the conditions that Maxidex Ointment is used to treat include:

  1. Allergic Conjunctivitis: Maxidex Ointment can be used to treat allergic conjunctivitis, which is inflammation of the conjunctiva caused by an allergic reaction.
  2. Iritis and Uveitis: Maxidex Ointment is indicated for the treatment of iritis and uveitis, which are inflammatory conditions affecting the iris and uvea of the eye.
  3. Eye Injury: Maxidex Ointment can be used to treat inflammation caused by eye injuries.
  4. Chemical Burns: Maxidex Ointment is used to treat inflammation resulting from chemical burns to the eye.
  5. Other Inflammatory Eye Conditions: Maxidex Ointment may also be used to treat inflammation associated with conditions such as shingles (herpes zoster), severe acne, radiation, and certain other eye conditions.


  • The dosage of Maxidex Ointment is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions regarding the dosage. The usual recommended dose is a 1/2 inch (1.5 centimeters) strip of ointment applied to the affected eye(s).
  • Maxidex Ointment is typically used 3 to 4 times a day. However, the frequency may vary depending on your specific condition and your healthcare provider's instructions.
  • Before applying the ointment, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Gently pull down the lower eyelid to create a pouch, and then place the ointment into the pouch. Close the eye gently and roll the eyeball in all directions to spread the medication.
  • If you are using other eye medications, such as eye drops, along with Maxidex Ointment, apply the eye drops first and wait at least 5 to 10 minutes before applying the ointment. This allows the eye drops to enter the eye before the ointment is applied.
  • Use Maxidex Ointment regularly and for the full duration prescribed by your healthcare provider in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • After applying Maxidex Ointment, wait several minutes for your vision to clear before driving or operating machinery.
  • If your condition does not improve within a few days or if it worsens, consult your healthcare provider for further evaluation and guidance


  • Do not touch the tube tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface to avoid contamination.
  • Avoid blinking or rubbing the eye after applying the medication.
  • You should not wear contact lenses while using Maxidex Ointment. If your healthcare provider approves the use of contact lenses during treatment, remove the lenses before using the ointment. Sterilize contact lenses according to the manufacturer's directions and consult with your healthcare provider before using them again
  • Do not stop using the medication without consulting your healthcare provider, as some conditions may worsen if the drug is suddenly stopped. Your healthcare provider may gradually decrease the dose if needed
  • Do not use the ointment if it becomes contaminated, such as if it turns a dark color or develops particles. Using contaminated eye medication can cause infection, serious damage to the eye, and loss of vision.

Common Side Effects:

  • Burning or stinging sensation in the eye
  • Temporary blurred vision
  • Eye irritation or discomfort
  • Dry eyes
  • Increased sensitivity to light

Less Common Side Effects:

  • Allergic reactions, such as rash, itching, or swelling of the face, tongue, or throat
  • Eye pain or redness
  • Eye discharge or crusting
  • Changes in vision
  • Eye infection

Seek medical attention if you experience any severe or persistent side effects while using Maxidex Ointment.

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects, and other side effects may occur. Consult the prescribing information, package insert, or your healthcare provider for more detailed and comprehensive information about the potential side effects of Maxidex Ointment.

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your healthcare provider before using Maxidex Ointment. The effects of this medication on a developing fetus are unknown, and prolonged or repeated corticosteroid use during pregnancy has been associated with an increased risk of birth defects. It is also unknown if the medication passes into breast milk in sufficient quantities to affect a nursing infant.

Maxidex Ointment may interact with other drugs. Inform your healthcare provider about all medications and supplements you are currently using, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Your healthcare provider can assess potential interactions and adjust the treatment plan accordingly.

Maxidex Ointment should not be used if you have certain eye infections, such as herpes simplex, or other viral, fungal, or bacterial eye infections. Consult with your healthcare provider if you have any underlying eye conditions before using this medication.

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Maxidex Ointment

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Other Names:

Maxidex Ophthalmic Ointment

Strength(s): 0.10%
Quantities Available: 35


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