Tobradex vs. Floxin, Ocuflox

Reviewed on 9/30/2019

Are Tobradex and Floxin, Ocuflox the Same Thing?

Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension) and Floxin and Ocuflox (ofloxacin ophthalmic) are used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes.

Tobradex and Floxin and Ocuflox both contain antibiotics. Tobradex also contains a steroid.

Side effects of Tobradex and and Floxin and Ocuflox that are similar include eye redness, discomfort, burning, stinging, irritation, itching; blurred vision, and sensitivity to light.

Side effects of Tobradex that are different from and Floxin and Ocuflox include eyelid itching/swelling.

Use of Tobradex 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).

Side effects of and Floxin and Ocuflox that are different from Tobradex include eye pain, dry eyes, tearing, and feeling as if something is in the eye.

Both Tobradex and and Floxin and Ocuflox may interact with other eye drops or eye medications.

Tobradex may also interact with oral steroids.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Tobradex?

Common side effects of Tobradex include:

  • eye redness,
  • discomfort,
  • burning,
  • stinging,
  • irritation,
  • itching;
  • eyelid itching/swelling,
  • blurred vision, or
  • sensitivity to light.
  • Use of Tobradex 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).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Floxin, Ocuflox?

Common side effects of Floxin, Ocuflox include:

What Is Tobradex?

Tobradex (tobradex b sulfate) is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections such as urinary tract infections, meningitis, blood infections, and eye infections.

What Is Floxin, Ocuflox?

Floxin (ofloxacin) is a broad-spectrum fluoroquinolone antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections that cause bronchitis, pneumonia, chlamydia, gonorrhea, skin infections, urinary tract infections, and infections of the prostate.

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What Drugs Interact With Tobradex?

Tobradex may interact with oral steroid medications. Other drugs may interact with Tobradex ophthalmic. Tell your doctor all prescription or over-the-counter medicines or supplements 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 breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Floxin, Ocuflox?

Floxin may interact with antacids that contain calcium, magnesium or aluminum (such as Tums, Mylanta, or Rolaids), sucralfate, didanosine, or vitamin or mineral supplements containing calcium, iron, or zinc. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Ofloxacin should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Ofloxacin is excreted in human milk. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions from ofloxacin in nursing infants, a decision should be made whether to discontinue breastfeeding or to discontinue the drug.

How Should Tobradex Be Taken?

One or two drops of Tobradex ophthalmic should be instilled into the conjunctival sac(s) every four to six hours. During the initial 24 to 48 hours, the dosage may be increased to one or two drops every two (2) hours. Do not use other eye drops or medications during treatment with Tobradex ophthalmic unless directed by your doctor.

How Should Floxin, Ocuflox Be Taken?

The usual dose of Floxin is 200 mg to 400 mg orally every 12 hours.

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References

DailyMed. Tobradex Product Information.

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=22b59456-d26a-4f23-b052-3d73e00181eb

FDA. Ofloxacin Product Information.

https://www.bausch.com

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