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Tobramycin - Dexamethasone eye drops and ointment are combination medications used for the treatment of inflammatory eye conditions for people who have a bacterial eye infection or are at risk of a bacterial eye infection. Tobramycin belongs to the class of medications called antibiotics.
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Tobramycin - Dexamethasone eye drops and ointment are combination medications used for the treatment of inflammatory eye conditions for people who have a bacterial eye infection or are at risk of a bacterial eye infection.
Tobramycin belongs to the class of medications called antibiotics. It works by killing certain types of bacteria that may cause Eye Infections.
Dexamethasone belongs to the class of medications called corticosteroids. It helps to reduce eye irritation, redness, and inflammation.
Tobradex may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Tobradex may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Tobradex may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Tobradex for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Tobradex, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Tobradex without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Tobradex to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Tobradex if their doctor has not prescribed it.
Drops: The usual adult dose is 1 to 2 drops instilled into the eye every 4 hours. In the first 24 to 48 hours, your doctor may increase the dose to 1 or 2 drops every 2 hours. Your doctor will reduce the dose gradually based on how your condition improves. Shake the drops well before using them. To prevent contamination of the dropper, make sure it does not touch the eye, skin, or other surfaces.
Ointment: The usual adult dose is a 1.25 cm (one-half inch) ribbon applied into the eye (along the edge of the lower eyelid) up to 3 or 4 times daily, or used in addition to the drops at bedtime. To prevent contamination of the tip of the ointment container, make sure it does not touch the eye, skin, or other surfaces.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as other medical conditions and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use Tobradex exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Tobradex at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Tobradex. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Tobradex with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Tobradex. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Tobradex.
Each mL of sterile, isotonic, aqueous suspension contains tobramycin 3 mg and dexamethasone 0.1% with benzalkonium chloride 0.01% as a preservative. Nonmedicinal ingredients: edetate disodium, hydroxyethyl cellulose, purified water, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide and/or sulfuric acid (to adjust pH), sodium sulfate, and tyloxapol.
Each gram of sterile ophthalmic ointment contains tobramycin 3 mg and dexamethasone 0.1% with chlorobutanol 0.5% as a preservative in a mineral oil and petrolatum base.
Do not use Tobradex if you:
There may be an interaction between tobramycin - dexamethasone and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Tobradex. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Tobradex.
Blurred vision: Tobradex may cause a temporary blurring of vision. Do not drive or operate machinery until your vision has cleared.
Contact lenses: If you use contact lenses, ask your doctor about their use while using Tobradex. Usually, contact lenses should not be worn when treating an eye infection. The drop form of Tobradex contains an ingredient that can discolour contact lenses. Contact lenses must be removed from the eye before putting the drops in the affected eye and should not be reinserted until at least 15 minutes after using the drops.
Long-term use: Prolonged use of Tobradex may result in Glaucoma, with damage to the optic nerve, vision problems, perforation of the cornea, and Cataracts. Prolonged use of Tobradex may also result in problems with metabolism and delayed healing and overgrowth of microorganisms (e.g., certain bacteria or fungi) that are not killed by the antibiotic. If there is no improvement after 5 or 7 days of therapy or if your condition worsens, call your doctor. If you are using Tobradex for a prolonged period of time, your doctor should check your eye pressure regularly.
Pregnancy: Tobradex should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Tobradex, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if Tobradex passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking Tobradex, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using Tobradex have not been established for children.
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