Steroid and antibiotic eye drops (Blephamide, Isopto, Pred-G, Tobradex, Zylet)

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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STORAGE: They are usually stored at room temperature.

DOSING: Doses range between 1 to 3 drops of the suspension instilled into the eye every 1 to 6 hours. The dose for an ointment is 1/2 inch 3 to 4 times daily. (Patients should see the instructions for each agent for more detailed information about how to use these agents.)

DRUG INTERACTIONS: These drugs work locally in the eye and very little drug is absorbed into the blood stream. There is a low chance of drug interactions with these agents.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies of use of these drugs during pregnancy.

NURSING MOTHERS: Steroids are secreted in breast-milk when taken as pills or injections. These steroid-containing eye drops and ointments have not been adequately studies in women who are breastfeeding.

Medically reviewed by Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

REFERENCES: FDA Prescribing Information for Blephamide, Catapred, Isopto, Pred-G, Poly-Pred, Tobradex, Zylet

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/14/2015
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