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Can I use OTC eye drops along with the RX antibiotic eye drops? Eyes are dry and irritated.

Can I use OTC eye drops along with the RX antibiotic eye drops? Eyes are dry and irritated.

Yes: Lubricating eye drops can be used in between medicated eye drop doses to help relieve dryness and irritation. Instilling both types of drops close together in time may decrease the efficacy of the antibiotic drop due to dilution. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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What are some good antibiotic eye drops i can use?

What are some good antibiotic eye drops i can use?

On prescription: There are many eyedrops with antibiotic characteristics. These are not over the counter items and that is because they should only be used after an ophthalmologist has determined whether an infection is present and what might be the best treatment. So if you suspect your eye is infected, see a doctor first. ...Read more

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How long after starting antibiotic eye drops can I use mascara?

When clear: Wait until eye infection has cleared before restarting. In some cases it is best to throw out old stuff in case of contamination. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to wear my contacts while using antibiotic eye drops?

Is it possible for me to wear my contacts while using antibiotic eye drops?

Probably not: We always recommend that any patient with an active eye infect not wear any contact lenses while on rx. ...Read more

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My dry eyes are only responding well to antibiotic eye drops but not panatol and optive?

My dry eyes are only responding well to antibiotic eye drops but not panatol and optive?

Dry eye treatment: The reason your eyes are only responding to the antibiotic drops is the fact that there may be an infectious or inflammatory component to your eye symptoms. The antibiotics are treating that, helping your eyes feel better. Eventually, if you continue having dry eye symptoms, then optive (or other artificial tears) are the best drops to use chronically. Follow-up with your eye doctor not better. ...Read more

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I'm on the third day of using antibiotic eye drops for pink eye and it still looks horrible. Normal to take this long to get better?

I'm on the third day of using antibiotic eye drops for pink eye and it still looks horrible.  Normal to take this long to get better?

Yes.: Pink eye is usually viral and takes it normal run of 10 days. People panic and change drs. The lucky dr sees u on day 7 or 8 and no matter what he or she prescribes you will be well in 48 hrs and the dr. Becomes a hero. Stick with the original doctor call him and let him know how you are progressing. ...Read more

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What is the name of the antibiotic eye drops used to treat pink eye?

Multiple choices: Many topical antibiotics are used regularly, including: sulfacetamide sodium, gentamicin, tobramycin, erythromycin ointment, moxifloxacin, gatifloxacin, trimethoprim-sulfmethoxizole, and so on. Pink-eye may be bacterial, but also can be viral, allergic, or due to another cause. Only a qualified ophthalmologist can tell the right cause and appropriate treatment. See an eyeMD. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use antibiotic eye drops if I think I have pink eye?

Is it safe to use antibiotic eye drops if I think I have pink eye?

Have an exam: Probably not prudent to use old bottle of drops, or drops intended for another person, to treat what you may believe is "pinkeye". Old bottles may be contaminated or expired. Some of the preparations have steroids in them, and you can cause some serious damage if you are potentially treating the wrong condition. Best to be examined by an eye md for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more