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Composition for OCUGATE DX

Dexamethasone Topical(NA)

food interaction for OCUGATE DX

alcohol interaction for OCUGATE DX

pregnancy interaction for OCUGATE DX

lactation interaction for OCUGATE DX

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
It may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The potential benefits may outweigh the risks. Please consult your doctor.
It is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Dexamethasone Topical(NA)


Dexamethasone is used topically for the treatment of inflammation or infection of the eyes due to various allergic conditions like uveitis, iritis, cyclitis, conjunctivitis, and keratitis. It is also used to treat exophthalmos (bulging of the eye anteriorly out of the orbit), corneal injury from chemical, radiation, or thermal burns and suppress immune reaction to implanted foreign tissue. 

How it works

Dexamethasone belongs to the class of medications called as corticosteroids. It prevents allergic reactions by decreasing the chemicals responsible for allergy.

Common side effects

Application site irritation, Blurred vision, Burning sensation, Tingling sensation, Eye discomfort, Eye itching, Increased intraocular pressure


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Expert advice for OCUGATE DX

  • Do not wear contact lenses while using dexamethasone eye drops.
  • Do not use dexamethasone eye drops if you have glaucoma (increased eye pressure) or diabetes.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery because it may cause blurred vision.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not use if you are allergic to dexamethasone or any of its ingredients.
  • Children < 2 years must not use.
  • Do not use if you have preexisting eye infections which are not treated, high pressure in eyes, untreated infection /fungal infection that affects the whole body.

Frequently asked questions for OCUGATE DX

Dexamethasone Topical

Q. Are decadron and prednisone same as dexamethasone?
No, Decadron is a brand name of dexamethasone. Prednisone, however, is entirely different drug. Both drugs belong to a same class of medications called corticosteroids.
Q. Is dexamethasone a narcotic, sulfa drug, NSAID or controlled substance?
No, dexamethasone is a corticosteroid drug which shows anti-inflammatory action. It is not a controlled substance or sulfa drug. It can be obtained only on production of valid prescription.
Q. Is dexamethasone topical safe for toddlers?
No, dexamethasone topical is not safe for toddlers.


Content on this page was last updated on 28 April, 2014, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)