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When and How to Use It

Some general considerations include the following:
 
  • This medication comes in the form of an eye suspension (eye drops) and an eye ointment. It is typically used in the affected eye(s) 3 to 12 times a day (depending on whether the ointment or the drops are used and the severity of the problem).
     
  • In order to prevent contamination of the drops, do not touch the tip of the dropper or ointment tube to any surface, including the surface of the eye.
     
  • To use the ointment, make a small pocket in the lower lid by gently pulling down on the cheek just below the eye. Apply about ½ an inch of ointment carefully, and then look downward before closing your eye. The ointment may temporarily cause blurred vision.
     
  • When using the drops, make sure to shake the bottle well before each use.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as directed.
     

Dosing Information

The dosage of this medication your healthcare recommends will vary, depending on the particular form (ointment or suspension) and the severity of the eye problem.
 
(Click Tobradex Dosage for more information.)
 

Side Effects of Tobradex

As with any medicine, Tobradex can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
 
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
Common side effects of Tobradex include but are not limited to:
 
  • Eyelid itching
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Eye redness.
     
(Click Tobradex Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 
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