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Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis) Medications

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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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/27/2016

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