What should I know about Tobradex eye ointment?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Tobradex eye ointment is used to treat eye infections and inflammation by combining the antibiotic tobramycin and the steroid dexamethasone in an ointment to be applied to the eye. As with all medications, before you begin using Tobradex, it is important that you let your doctor know about any medical conditions that you may have. Also, tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter products, vitamins, herbs and supplements. In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking any other steroid medications. Let your doctor know about any allergies you have to tobramycin, other antibiotics or medicines and any other allergies you may have.

If you are pregnant, you should not use tobramycin unless the doctor knows that you are pregnant. It is very important that you continue to use Tobradex for the full amount of time recommended by your doctor, even after your symptoms have improved. Let your doctor know if your symptoms have not improved after several days. Also, wash your hands carefully before using the drops, ask your doctor about wearing contact lenses and be careful not to let the tip of the tube touch any surface, your hands or your eyes.

Side effects of tobramycin
Tobradex eye ointment is likely to cause blurry vision for several minutes after applying the ointment to the eye. Side effects of tobramycin used in the eyes can occasionally include an allergic response, or eye irritation, with itchy, red, swollen, burning or watery eyes. Talk to your doctor if these symptoms bother you. Tobradex eye ointment contains tobramycin, an antibiotic, and dexamethasone, a corticosteroid. Side effects of the dexamethasone can - although rarely - increase the risk of cataracts and glaucoma or delay wound healing.

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