Tobradex vs. Moxeza

Are Tobradex and Moxeza the Same Thing?

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

Tobradex and Moxeza both contain antibiotics. Tobradex also contains a steroid.

Side effects of Tobradex and Moxeza that are similar include eye irritation.

Side effects of Tobradex that are different from Moxeza include eye redness, discomfort, burning, stinging, 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 Moxeza that are different from Tobradex include eye inflammation, watery eyes, fever, decrease in sharpness of vision, eye itching, inflammation of the cornea, and pink eye (conjunctivitis).

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

Moxeza 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 Moxeza?

Common side effects of Moxeza include:

  • eye irritation/inflammation and
  • watery eyes.

Less common side effects of Moxeza include:

  • fever,
  • decrease in sharpness of vision,
  • eye itching,
  • inflammation of the cornea, and
  • pink eye (conjunctivitis).

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 Moxeza?

Moxeza (moxifloxacin hydrochloride) ophthalmic solution is a topical anti-infective eye drop used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis or other bacterial infections of the eyes.

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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 Moxeza?

Moxeza may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications you take. Do not wear contact lenses if you have signs or symptoms of bacterial conjunctivitis. Prolonged use may result in overgrowth of non-susceptible organisms, including fungi. Moxeza should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Consult your doctor before using Moxeza if you are 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 Moxeza Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Moxeza for patients 4 months of age and older is 1 drop in the affected eye(s) 2 times daily for 7 days.

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References

DailyMed. Tobradex Product Information.

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

Novartis. Moxeza Product Information.

https://www.pharma.us.novartis.com/sites/www.pharma.us.novartis.com/files/moxeza.pdf

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