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What should I know about Tobradex eye drops?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Tobradex eye drops are used to treat eye infection and inflammation by combining the antibiotic tobramycin and the steroid dexamethasone. 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. Young children and people who are allergic to tobramycin, or to antibiotics that are similar to it, should not use Tobradex. Also, wash your hands carefully before using the drops, ask your doctor about wearing contact lenses and be careful not to not let the tip of the applicator touch any surface, your hands or your eyes. People who have a fungal, yeast or viral infection of the eye should not use Tobradex, because it is only effective in treating bacterial infections.

Side effects of Tobradex eye drops
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. Side effects of the dexamethasone component can very rarely increase the risk of cataracts and glaucoma or delay wound healing. These eye drops may also cause blurred vision; therefore, it is important to avoid activities, like driving a car, until you are able to determine how the eye drops affect you.

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