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

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PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes for some

PREPARATIONS: Steroid and antibiotic combination eye products are available as ointments or suspensions.

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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