- What brand names are available for tobramycin and dexamethasone?
- Is tobramycin and dexamethasone available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for tobramycin and dexamethasone?
- What are the side effects of tobramycin and dexamethasone?
- What is the dosage for tobramycin and dexamethasone?
- Is tobramycin and dexamethasone safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about tobramycin and dexamethasone?
What are the side effects of tobramycin and dexamethasone?
The most frequently reported side effects of Tobradex are:
- swelling of the eye lids, and
- redness of the conjunctivae.
Other side effects include:
What is the dosage for tobramycin and dexamethasone?
The recommended dose is one or two drops (solution or ointment) or one drop (suspension) into the conjunctival sac every four to six hours. The dosing interval may be reduced to every two hours during the initial 24 to 48 hours. The hands should be washed before each use of Tobradex or any eye medication. The head is tilted back, and the lower eye lid is pulled down with the index finger to form a pouch. The tip of the dropper should not touch the eye or eyelid. The bottle of Tobradex should be squeezed slightly to allow the prescribed number of drops (generally one or two drops) into the pouch. If the ointment is being used, a small strip (about 1cm or 1/2 inch) of ointment should be squeezed into the pouch. The eye should then be closed gently for one to two minutes without blinking.
Is tobramycin and dexamethasone safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
Although no human studies have assessed the effects of Tobradex on the fetus, animal studies have shown adverse fetal effects. Physicians should prescribe it to women who are pregnant only if its benefits are deemed to outweigh the potential risks.
It is not known if Tobradex is excreted into breast milk.
What else should I know about tobramycin and dexamethasone?
What preparations of tobramycin and dexamethasone are available?
- Ophthalmic solution or ointment: 0.3% tobramycin and 0.1% dexamethasone.
- Opthalmic Suspension: 0.3% tobramycin and 0.05% dexamethasone.
How should I keep tobramycin and dexamethasone stored?
Tobradex should be kept at room temperature, 15-30 C (59-86 F), and protected from direct light.
Tobramycin and dexamethasone (Tobradex, Tobradex ST) is a medication prescribed for the treatment of steroid responsive ocular inflammation that requires steroid treatment, and is caused by a bacterial infection, or if there is a risk of infection. Side effects, drug interactions, and dosage information should be reviewed prior to taking this medication.
Related Disease Conditions
Pinkeye, also called conjunctivitis, is redness or irritation of the conjunctivae, the membranes on the inner part of the eyelids...
Pneumonia is inflammation of the lungs caused by fungi, bacteria, or viruses. Symptoms and signs include cough, fever, shortness...
Staph Infection (Staphylococcus Aureus)
Staphylococcus or Staph is a group of bacteria that can cause a multitude of diseases. Staph infections can cause illness...
E. coli (0157:H7) (Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention)
There are many types of E. coli (Escherichia coli ). E. coli can cause urinary tract and bladder infections, or lead to sepsis. E...
Treatment & Diagnosis
- How To Reduce Your Medication Costs
- Pharmacy Visit, How To Get The Most Out of Your Visit
- Indications for Drugs: Approved vs. Non-approved
- Generic Drugs, Are They as Good as Brand-Names?
- Drugs: Buying Prescription Drugs Online Safely
- Medication Disposal - What to Do with Old or Unusable Medication
- Dangers of Mixing Medications
- Drugs: The Most Common Medication Errors
Medications & Supplements
Prevention & Wellness
Daily Health News
Eye Health Resources
Subscribe to MedicineNet's General Health Newsletter
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
FDA Prescribing Information
Top tobramycin and dexamethasone Related Articles
Drug InteractionsDrug interactions occur frequently. Get facts about the types of drug interactions, what substances or other things that may interact with drugs such as OTC drug and prescription drugs, vitamins, food(s) (grapefruit), and laboratory tests. Find out how to protect yourself from potential drug interactions.
Drugs: What You Should Know About Your DrugsImportant information about your drugs should be reviewed prior to taking any prescription drug. Side effects, drug interactions, warnings and precauctions, dosage, what the drug is used for, what to do if you miss a dose, how the drug is to be stored, and generic vs. brand names.
E. Coli 0157:H7There are many types of E. coli (Escherichia coli ). E. coli can cause urinary tract and bladder infections, or lead to sepsis. E coli O157:H7 (EHEC) causes bloody diarrhea and colitis. Complications of E. coli infection include hemorrhagic diarrhea, hemolytic-uremic syndrome, and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. E coli O157:H7 commonly is due to eating raw or undercooked hamburger or raw milk or dairy products.
Pink EyePinkeye, also called conjunctivitis, is redness or irritation of the conjunctivae, the membranes on the inner part of the eyelids and the membranes covering the whites of the eyes. These membranes react to a wide range of bacteria, viruses, allergy-provoking agents, irritants, and toxic agents.
Pneumonia FactsPneumonia is inflammation of the lungs caused by fungi, bacteria, or viruses. Symptoms and signs include cough, fever, shortness of breath, and chills. Antibiotics treat pneumonia, and the choice of the antibiotic depends upon the cause of the infection.
Staph InfectionStaphylococcus or Staph is a group of bacteria that can cause a multitude of diseases. Staph infections can cause illness directly by infection or indirectly by the toxins they produce. Symptoms and signs of a Staph infection include redness, swelling, pain, and drainage of pus. Minor skin infections are treated with an antibiotic ointment, while more serious infections are treated with intravenous antibiotics.