Tobradex vs. Maxidex

Are Tobradex and Maxidex the Same Thing?

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

Maxidex is also used to treat steroid responsive inflammatory conditions of the palpebral and bulbar conjunctiva, cornea, and anterior segment of the globe such as allergic conjunctivitis; acne rosacea, superficial punctate keratitis, herpes zoster keratitis, iritis, cyclitis; corneal injury from chemical, radiation, or thermal burns; and penetration of foreign bodies.

Tobradex and Maxidex both contain a steroid. Tobradex also contains an antibiotic.

Side effects of Tobradex that are different from include eye redness, discomfort, burning, stinging, irritation, itching; eyelid itching/swelling, blurred vision, and 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).

Side effects of Maxidex that are different from Tobradex include glaucoma with optic nerve damage, vision problems, cataracts, secondary eye infection following suppression of host response, and perforation of the outer membranes of the eye.

Tobradex may interact with other eye drops or eye medications or oral steroids.

Maxidex may interact with other drugs.

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 Maxidex?

Common side effects of Maxidex include:

  • glaucoma with optic nerve damage,
  • vision problems,
  • cataracts,
  • secondary eye infection following suppression of host response,
  • and perforation of the outer membranes of the eye.

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 Maxidex?

Maxidex (dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension) 0.1% Suspension is an adrenocortical steroid used for:

  • steroid responsive inflammatory conditions of the palpebral and bulbar conjunctiva,
  • cornea,
  • and anterior segment of the globe such as allergic conjunctivitis,
  • acne rosacea,
  • superficial punctate keratitis,
  • herpes zoster keratitis,
  • iritis,
  • cyclitis,
  • selected infective conjunctivitides when the inherent hazard of steroid use is accepted to obtain an advisable diminution in edema and inflammation;
  • corneal injury from chemical,
  • radiation,
  • or thermal burns,
  • or penetration of foreign bodies.

SLIDESHOW

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) Symptoms, Causes, Treatments See Slideshow

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 Maxidex?

Maxidex 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 Maxidex; it is unknown how it would affect a fetus. Prolonged or repeated corticoid use during pregnancy has been associated with an increased risk of delayed fetal growth. It is unknown if topical Maxidex passes into breast milk in sufficient quantities to affect a nursing infant. Systemically administered corticosteroids pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

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 Maxidex Be Taken?

The dose of Maxidex is one or two drops topically in the eye(s). In severe disease, drops may be used hourly, being tapered to discontinuation as the inflammation subsides. In mild disease, drops may be used up to four to six times daily.

QUESTION

What causes dry eyes? See Answer
Disclaimer

All drug information provided on RxList.com is sourced directly from drug monographs published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Any drug information published on RxList.com regarding general drug information, drug side effects, drug usage, dosage, and more are sourced from the original drug documentation found in its FDA drug monograph.

Drug information found in the drug comparisons published on RxList.com is primarily sourced from the FDA drug information. The drug comparison information found in this article does not contain any data from clinical trials with human participants or animals performed by any of the drug manufacturers comparing the drugs.

The drug comparisons information provided does not cover every potential use, warning, drug interaction, side effect, or adverse or allergic reaction. RxList.com assumes no responsibility for any healthcare administered to a person based on the information found on this site.

As drug information can and will change at any time, RxList.com makes every effort to update its drug information. Due to the time-sensitive nature of drug information, RxList.com makes no guarantees that the information provided is the most current.

Any missing drug warnings or information does not in any way guarantee the safety, effectiveness, or the lack of adverse effects of any drug. The drug information provided is intended for reference only and should not be used as a substitute for medical advice.

If you have specific questions regarding a drug’s safety, side effects, usage, warnings, etc., you should contact your doctor or pharmacist, or refer to the individual drug monograph details found on the FDA.gov or RxList.com websites for more information.

You may also report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA by visiting the FDA MedWatch website or calling 1-800-FDA-1088.

References

DailyMed. Tobradex Product Information.

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

FDA. Maxidex Product Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2017/013422s045lbl.pdf

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors