Tobradex

Generic Name: Tobramycin

  • What is Tobradex?

    Tobradex is a combination of an antibiotic (tobramycin) used to treat bacterial eye infections and a steroid (dexamethasone) used to treat the swelling associated with the infection.

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

    Do not touch the tube or dropper tip to any surface, as this may contaminate the contents.

    Contact lenses should not be worn during the use of this product.

  • Who should not take Tobradex?

    Do not use Tobradex if you are allergic to it or any of its components.

    Do not use Tobradex if you have any viral or fungal diseases of the eye. It is only used to treat bacterial infections of the eye.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Tobradex. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a viral or fungal infection of the eye.

  • 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.

    Tobradex Suspension

    Adults and children ≥2 years: Place 1-2 drops into the affected eye(s) every four to six hours. During the initial 24-48 hours, the dosage may be 1-2 drops every two hours.

    Tobradex Ointment

    Adults and children ≥2 years: Apply a 1/2" ribbon into the affected eye(s) up to three to four times a day.

  • How should I take Tobradex?

    Tobradex Suspension: Shake well before each use.

    Tobradex Ointment: Tilt your head back and place a finger on your cheek just under your eye and gently pull down until a "V" pocket is formed between your eyeball and your lower lid. Place about a 1/2" of Tobradex in the "V" pocket. Do not let the tip of the tube touch the eye. Look downward before closing your eye.

  • What should I avoid while taking Tobradex?

    Contact lenses should not be worn during the use of this product.

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

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

  • What are the possible side effects of Tobradex?

    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: eyelid itching and swelling, eye redness

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

    The effects of Tobradex 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 Tobradex?

    If you miss a dose of Tobradex, 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 Tobradex?

    Store at room temperature.

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