Polytrim

Generic Name: Trimethoprim

  • What is Polytrim?

    Polytrim is an antibiotic that comes as eye drops. Polytrim is used to treat bacterial infections in your eyes, such as conjunctivitis ("pink eye").

  • What is the most important information I should know about Polytrim?

    Polytrim is for use in your eyes only.

    If you use Polytrim for a long period of time, it can cause infections, including fungal infections.

    If you have an allergic reaction (such as edema [swelling] of your eye or eyelid, itching, increased redness, tearing, or a rash around your eye), stop using this medication and contact your doctor. Also, if redness, irritation, swelling, or pain persists or increases while you are using Polytrim, stop using this medication and tell your doctor immediately.

  • Who should not take Polytrim?

    Do not use Polytrim if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Polytrim?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Polytrim. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥2 months: Apply 1 drop in the affected eye(s) every 3 hours, up to 6 times a day, for 7-10 days.

  • How should I take Polytrim?

    Apply Polytrim exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use extra doses or use more often without asking your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Polytrim?

    Do not touch the applicator tip to your eyes, fingers, or other source as this can contaminate Polytrim. Also, do not inject this medication into your eye.

    Do not wear contact lenses if you have signs and symptoms of eye infections.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Polytrim?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Polytrim at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Polytrim?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, burning, increased redness, irritation, itching, stinging

  • Can I receive Polytrim if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Polytrim during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Polytrim?

    If you miss a dose of Polytrim, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Polytrim?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from light.