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Eye inflammations and infections caused by eye surgeries or other situations can often be relieved with Tobradex. This prescription eye medication contains an antibiotic (to fight infection) and a steroid (to reduce inflammation). Children as young as two years old can use Tobradex. There are currently no reasons to use this medicine for something it is not approved to treat (off-label uses).

What Is Tobradex Used For?

Tobradex® (tobramycin and dexamethasone) is a prescription eye medication. It contains both an antibiotic (to fight infection) and a steroid (to reduce inflammation).
Tobradex is approved to treat eye problems where a steroid is necessary and where there is a risk for infection (or if there is already an infection). This medication is commonly used after eye surgeries or procedures, but it can also be used in other situations (such as after an eye injury).

How Does Tobradex Work?

Tobradex contains two active ingredients -- tobramycin and dexamethasone. Tobramycin belongs to a class of antibiotics known as aminoglycosides. Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid (often known simply as a "steroid") that works by decreasing inflammation.
Because dexamethasone also interferes with the body's defense mechanisms that fight off infections, it is often a good idea to use dexamethasone in combination with an antibiotic (such as tobramycin), especially if there is already an infection present or if there is a risk for infection.

Tobradex Uses in Children

This medication is approved for use in children as young as two years old. It has not been adequately studied in younger children. Talk with your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Tobradex in children.
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