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Tobradex Ophthalmic Ointment
Tobradex Ointment Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
TobraDex (tobramycin and dexamethasone ophthalmic ointment) is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes. Tobramycin is an antibiotic and dexamethasone is a steroid. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include temporary blurred vision, eye redness, eye discomfort, and eyelid itching/swelling.
Dose of TobraDex: Apply a small amount (approximately 1/2 inch ribbon) into the conjunctival sac(s) up to three or four times daily. Do not use other eye drops or medications during treatment with TobraDex ophthalmic unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Before using TobraDex, tell your doctor if you are taking an oral steroid medication. Other drugs may interact with TobraDex ophthalmic. Tell your doctor all medications you use. TobraDex should be used only when prescribed during pregnancy. It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Our TobraDex (tobramycin and dexamethasone ophthalmic ointment) 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.
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Tobradex Ointment in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Serious side effects are not expected to occur with the use of this medication.
Some burning, stinging, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, eyelid itching, eyelid swelling, or sensitivity to light may occur.
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Tobradex Ointment Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Use of this medication for prolonged/repeated periods may result in a new fungal eye infection and may increase your risk for other eye problems (e.g., glaucoma, cataracts). Do not use this medication for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following: new or worsening eye symptoms (e.g., discharge, swelling), vision changes, eye pain.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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Tobradex Ointment FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Adverse reactions have occurred with steroid/anti-infective combination drugs which can be attributed to the steroid component, the anti-infective component, or the combination. Exact incidence figures are not available. The most frequent adverse reactions to topical ocular tobramycin (TOBREX tobramycin ophthalmic ointment) are hypersensitivity and localized ocular toxicity, including lid itching and swelling, and conjunctival erythema. These reactions occur in less than 4% of patients. Similar reactions may occur with the topical use of other aminoglycoside antibiotics. Other adverse reactions have not been reported; however, if topical ocular tobramycin is administered concomitantly with systemic aminoglycoside antibiotics, care should be taken to monitor the total serum concentration. The reactions due to the steroid component are: elevation of intraocular pressure (IOP) with possible development of glaucoma, and infrequent optic nerve damage; posterior subcapsular cataract formation; and delayed wound healing.
Secondary Infection. The development of secondary 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 steroids. 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.
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