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SIDE EFFECTS: Burning or stinging of the eye might occur. If these persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Report promptly: vision problems, red/itchy/swollen eyes (or ears if treating ear problems). Very unlikely but report promptly: headache, unusual thirst, increased urination. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history, including: allergies (especially drug allergies), other eye infections or eye diseases (eye drops), punctured eardrums (ear drops). It is very unlikely but possible that the dexamethasone will be absorbed into your bloodstream. If this product is used over a long period (months), upon discontinuing the product supplemental corticosteroids (such as dexamethasone) may be needed during times of increased stress (e.g., serious infection, major surgery or serious injury). This precaution applies for a period up to 1 year after stopping prolonged use of this product. If any of the above mentioned stress situations occur and you have used this drug for a prolonged period, tell your doctor of your use of this drug. Report promptly any unusual weakness, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, fainting or dizziness. Children are at increased risk to absorb the corticosteroid into their bloodstream if treated for a long period. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether these drugs are excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

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