As a prescription medication, Tobradex® (tobramycin and dexamethasone) is approved for treating certain eye conditions. This medication contains two active ingredients -- an antibiotic (to fight an infection) and a steroid (to reduce inflammation). It comes in the form of a suspension (eye drop) or an eye ointment. Depending on the form used and the severity of the eye problem, dosing can range anywhere from 3 to 12 times a day.
Not everyone can use the eye drops or the eye ointment, so review Tobradex's safety information with your healthcare provider before starting treatment. For example, you may not be able to use Tobradex if you have certain medical conditions, such as glaucoma or a viral eye infection.
Although most people do not experience problems with this medication, Tobradex can cause side effects. Some of the common side effects include eyelid itching, eyelid swelling, and eye redness.
(Click Tobradex for a more in-depth look at important information on Tobradex eye ointment and drops. This article discusses how the medication works, lists possible side effects, and offers some general tips on when and how to use it.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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