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Terra-Cortril Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 12/19/2015

Terra-Cortril (oxytetracycline and hydrocortisone) is a combination antibiotic and corticosteroid used in the topical treatment of corticosteroid-responsive inflammatory conditions of the eye and ear in which infection due to organisms susceptible to oxytetracycline and/or polymyxin B sulfate exist. The brand name Terra-Cortril is discontinued, but generic versions may be available. Common side effects of Terra-Cortril (oxytetracycline and hydrocortisone) include blurred vision, increased tear production, temporary stinging or burning sensation in the eye, feeling as if there is something in the eye, infections, watery eyes, eye irritation, eye redness, sensitivity to light, or changes in the sense of taste.

For the eye, instill one to two drops of Terra-Cortril suspension into the affected eye three times daily. For the ear, instill two to four drops into the affected ear three times daily. Terra-Cortril may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Terra-Cortril. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Terra-Cortril (oxytetracycline and hydrocortisone) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Terra-Cortril FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


Allergic reactions due to individual hypersensitivity including contact dermatitis may occur but are rare.

Reactions occurring most often from the presence of the oxytetracycline are allergic sensitizations.

Increased Lacrimation, a transient stinging or burning sensation, and a foreign body sensation have been reported occasionally with opthalmic tetracycline products.

The reactions due to the steroid component in decreasing order of frequency are: elevation of intraocular pressure with possible development of glaucoma and infrequent optic nerve damage, posterior subcapsular cataract formation, and delayed wound healing.

Should signs of local irritation occur, discontinue treatment immediately.

Elevation of intraocular pressure - see †?Warnings†.

Secondary infection: The development of secondary bacterial or fungal infection has occurred after use of combinations containing steroids and antimicrobials.

Fungal infections of the cornea are particularly prone to develop coincidentally with long-term applications of steroid. With long-term applications of steroids, the cornea is particularly prone to develop fungal infections. The possibility of fungal invasion must be considered in any persistent corneal ulceration where steroid treatment has been used.

Secondary bacterial ocular infection following suppression of host responses also occurs.

The use of Terra-Cortril (oxytetracycline and hydrocortisone) Eye/Ear Suspension with Polymixin B and Terra-Cortril (oxytetracycline and hydrocortisone) Eye/Ear ointment with Polymixin B should be discontinued if such reactions occur.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Terra-Cortril (Oxytetracycline and Hydrocortisone)

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration


You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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