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Need to know is tobramycin dexameth ophth susp used to treat pink eye?

Need to know is tobramycin dexameth ophth susp used to treat pink eye?

Not if viral: The trade name is tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) can be used to treat some forms of conjunctivitis. "pink eye" is lay term for viral conjunctivitis. Tobramycin is an antibacterial so typically will not treat viral infections. Dexamethasone is a steroid which has an anti inflammatory effect and can help with redness and pain. If pink eye is the diagnosis it's best to use artificial tears and cool compresses. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (Definition)

"Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. "Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. ...Read more


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How long do symptoms of pink eye take to disappear on tobramycin?

How long do symptoms of pink eye take to disappear on tobramycin?

Few days: Few days to a week. But since most pink eye are due to virus, the tobramycin won't help, and it can last a week or so. ...Read more

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Can tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) cure "pink eye"?

Can tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) cure "pink eye"?

See an Eye MD: If the cause of your pink eye is bacterial, tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) may be a good choice. However unless you see an eye md to determine the cause, the steroid in tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) might make you worse. If the cause is herpes virus type I you will definitely get worse. See an eye md! ...Read more

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Could tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) cure "pink eye"?

Could tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) cure "pink eye"?

Yes: But can also make some "pink eye" conditions worse from the "dex" (dexamethasone = steroid) portion of the drop. A true bacterial "pink eye" only needs the antibiotic portion; in this case the tobramycin. ...Read more

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How many times a day do you use tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) for pink eye?

How many times a day do you use tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) for pink eye?

Won't help: Pink eye is almost always viral, in which case tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) (which is an antibiotic/steroid combination) won't help. If it's truly pink eye, just use artificial tears and wait it out. And wash your hands a lot. ...Read more

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I have pink eye from my son. Without insurance temporarily so I used old tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) that expired last yr. Can't afford to go to doc. Will it work?

I have pink eye from my son. Without insurance temporarily so I used old tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) that expired last yr. Can't afford to go to doc. Will it work?

Not best choice: Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) contains dexamethasone, a steroid that can make some infections worse, while making the user actually feel better. It may be the wrong medicine to use in the case of a viral infection. There is also a chance that the potency of the medicine has diminished to the point if being ineffective.. ...Read more

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Can I give a 3 month old baby tobramycin eye drops if he has pink eye?

Can I give a 3 month old baby tobramycin eye drops if he has pink eye?

Yes --- but!: While "pink eye" is a very common cause of redness of the eye, there are other possibilities and you should not be taking a risk with a 3 month old. See your pediatrician to get this evaluated and hopefully there are no other problems. If you have already used the tobramycin, it should do no harm but there is a possibility that some other treatment is warranted. ...Read more

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Son is 17 mos, prescribed tobramycin for bacterial pink eye. My 9 wk old son has it despite all my precautions! Can he also use the drops?

Son is 17 mos, prescribed tobramycin for bacterial pink eye. My 9 wk old son has it despite all my precautions! Can he also use the drops?

Depends: Assuming your 9 wk old is not allergic to the medication he should be treated adequately. It is important to determine if his "pink" eye is truly infectious. Allergies and tear duct blockages can cause a "pink" eye. You would not want to administer inappropriate medication if another cause is present. ...Read more

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Eye Problem, Accidentally have been using antibiotic tobramycin "pink eye" drops for general dry/allergy eye issues - Can this hurt my eyes?

Eye Problem, Accidentally have been using antibiotic tobramycin "pink eye" drops for general dry/allergy eye issues - Can this hurt my eyes?

Unlikely: It is unlikely that the drops you put in your eye will lead to any problem, as it is meant for the eye. It certainly won't help your allergy symptoms, but it shouldn't cause any harm. The most common side effects of Gentamicin eye drops are stinging, burning, redness or temporary blurred vision. ...Read more

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Pink eye drops were accidentally put in my daughters ear who just got tubes put in. Is this a huge concern? Eye drops: Tobramycin 0.3% which is the a

Pink eye drops were accidentally put in my daughters ear who just got tubes put in. Is this a huge concern? Eye drops: Tobramycin 0.3% which is the a

Not a problem: Quite often eye drops (especially antibiotics like tobramycin) are used in the ear since an otic (ear) preparation is not always available. However, keep in mind that eye drops can be put in the ear but EAR DROPS SHOULD NEVER BE PUT IN THE EYE ...Read more

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I've had pink eye for about 2 and half weeks. Went to doc doctor last week, took tobramycin, now still have a red eye. What to do?

I've had pink eye for about 2 and half weeks. Went to doc doctor last week, took tobramycin, now still have a red eye. What to do?

Go back to doctor: You need to be re evaluated for persistant pink eye, it may be something more than just infection. It could be an inflammation due to allegy, or underlying iritis, you may need to see an opthalmologist if your doctor feels you should. ...Read more

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I'm on accutane. I have pink eye and my doctor gave me antibacterial eyedrops tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone). Can I use tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) while on accutane? Is there any interaction?

I'm on accutane. I have pink eye and my doctor gave me antibacterial eyedrops tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone). Can I use tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) while on accutane? Is there any interaction?

No interaction: Accutane tends to cause a conjunctivitis in susceptible persons. This is not infectious but is red and irritated. While tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) can be used, you can substitute an anti-allergic drop like over the counter naphcon-a (available in drug store brands) and avoid the cost of tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) and the tiny risk associated with chronic topical steroid use. ...Read more

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What types of pinkeye need tobramycin eye drops?

What types of pinkeye need tobramycin eye drops?

None: Pink eye is viral or bacterial. The screen shot from wills eye manual reveals recommended antibiotics for bacterial conjunctivitis, tobramycin (aminoglycoside) not there. Viral conjuctivitis usually not serious and antibacterials not useful. The antibiotic tobramycin is not the recommended to treat the most common bacteria to infect the eye, strep and staph (gram positive). ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more


Dr. Kevin Chung
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Tobramycin (Definition)

This is an antibiotic of the aminoglycoside family, it is particularly effective ...Read more