Zymar Side Effects
Even though many people tolerate Zymar well, problems can occur. Some of the bothersome (but not usually dangerous) side effects of Zymar include eye irritation, increased tearing, and an inflamed cornea. In most cases, these reactions are minor and are easily treated. However, you should seek prompt medical attention if you develop more serious problems, such as eye redness that does not go away.
Just like any medicine, Zymar® (gatifloxacin) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Zymar. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Zymar has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, one group of people received the medication, while another group was given a placebo eye drop (an eye drop with no active ingredients). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the group not taking the medication.
In these studies, the most commonly reported Zymar side effects, occurring in 5 to 10 percent of people, included:
- Eye irritation
- Increased tearing
- Keratitis (inflammation of the cornea, which is the clear tissue that covers the front of the eye)
- Papillary conjunctivitis, or inflammation and tiny bumps on the lining of the eyelids.
Other side effects, occurring in 1 to 4 percent of people, included:
- Swelling of the eyelids and eye area
- Broken blood vessels in the eyes
- Dry eye
- Eye redness
- Eye discharge
- Eye pain
- Blurred vision
- An unpleasant taste.