Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis) Medications
John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
- What are the different types of pinkeye medicines?
- What are common side effects of pinkeye medications?
- Where can people find more information about side effects of prescription pinkeye drugs?
What are the different types of pinkeye medicines?
Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) can be caused by bacteria, allergies, or viruses. Bacterial conjunctivitis is most often treated with ophthalmic antibiotic eyedrops or ointments such as Bleph (sulfacetamide sodium), Moxeza (moxifloxacin), Zymar (gatifloxacin), Romycin (erythromycin), Polytrim (polymyxin/trimethoprim), Ak-Tracin, Bacticin (bacitracin), AK-Poly-Bac, Ocumycin, Polycin-B, Polytracin Ophthalmic, Polysporin Ophthalmic (polymyxin-bacitracin), Besivance (besifloxacin), Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin), Quixin, Iquix (levofloxacin), Ocuflox (ofloxacin), or AzaSite (azithromycin).
For allergic conjunctivitis, antihistamines such as Patanol, Pataday (olopatadine), Lastacaft (alcaftadine), Bepreve (bepotastine), Optivar (azelastine HCl), Elestat (epinastine), Ketotifen (ketotifen fumarate), and Emadine (emedastine), or mast cell stabilizers such as Opticrom (cromolyn sodium), Alocril (nedocromil), Alomide (lodoxamide tromethamine), and Alamast (pemirolast) may be prescribed to treat allergy symptoms such as itching of the eye.
Viral conjunctivitis does not usually require specific antiviral treatments, however over-the-counter topical antihistamines and decongestants (Naphcon-A, Ocuhist) may help relieve symptoms.
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