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Would the antibiotic maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) eye drops lessen the effectiveness of my birth control?

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Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 30 years experience
No: With eye droops such a small amount gets into the systemic circulation is will not affect your birth control pills.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Will the antibiotic maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) eye drops lessen the effectiveness of birth control?

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Dr. Azhar Salahuddin
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
No: Maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) has a steroid in it, so use it with caution. However, very little actually enters your blood stream so it shouldn't affect birth control.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Will antibiotic maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) eye drops lessen the effectiveness of my birth control pills?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Glenn Pomerance
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Unlikely: Maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) is a combination antibiotic/anti-inflammatory medication applied topically to the eye for infections and irritations of the eyelids and ocular surface. It is not significantly absorbed into the systemic circulation.

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Last updated Aug 29, 2014

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