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Doctor insights on: Can You Buy Antibiotic Eye Drops Over The Counter

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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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Is tropicamide 1% eye drops over-the-counter drug?

Is tropicamide 1% eye drops over-the-counter drug?

No: This is a prescriptive only iris dilator. Why would you want to use this without the advice of your ophthalmologist anyway? It is one of the common chair side drops used for diagnosis and occasional treatment. ...Read more

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Is tropicamide eye drops an over-the-counter drug?

Is tropicamide eye drops an over-the-counter drug?

Nope: Tropicamide, also known as mydriacyl, (tropicamide) is one of several drops used to dilate the pupil during an eye exam. As such, there is no over-the-counter use for it! ...Read more

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What are the best over the counter eye drops for scratched cornea?

What are the best over the counter eye drops for scratched cornea?

None: No over the countered drops steroid for scratched cornea. You need antibiotic drops or ointments. Self diagnosis is dangerous. Go see an eye doctor ...Read more

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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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Do over-the-counter eye drops treat Dry eye syndrome or just relief symptoms?, which eye drops do both?

Do over-the-counter eye drops treat Dry eye syndrome or just relief symptoms?, which eye drops do both?

Provide relief: OTC eyedrops supplement what is missing from your natural tears (volume, composition). They are not curative or a treatment of the underlying pathology. There is no actual permanent treatment. Restasis, a prescription drops for dry eyes, eliminates inflammatory causes for low tear flow but it also is not a cure. Dry eyes are chronic with ups and downs depending upon many factors. ...Read more

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Is there any over the counter eye drops for pink eye? Or anything I can get at a drug store to make it go away?

Is there any over the counter eye drops for pink eye? Or anything I can get at a drug store to make it go away?

"Pink eye": There are many causes for a red eye, including trauma, eye disease (glaucoma, retinal detachment), allergies, and infection (bacterial or viral). Treatment depends on the cause and your primary care doctor can help you sort this out. Over the counter allergy treatments are available, but most causes require Rx, intervention or observation. ...Read more

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What are some over-the-counter eye drops like alrex (loteprednol)?

What are some over-the-counter eye drops like alrex (loteprednol)?

None: Alrex (loteprednol) is a steroid. No steroid is available over the counter as you should be following up with an eye doctor when using them. Alrex (loteprednol) is most commonly used for allergies. There are other allergy medications available over the counter (alaway, zaditor) but they do not work the same way as alrex (loteprednol). ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve my swollen eyes? Over the counter eye drops?

What can I do to relieve my swollen eyes? Over the counter eye drops?

Need more info: Really need more info as to the cause and location of the swelling. Allergies, dry eyes, trauma, eczema, cellulitis. If its mild, you might try just artificial tears, otherwise best to see your eye md. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some over-the-counter eye drops that are like alrex (loteprednol)?

I was wondering what are some over-the-counter eye drops that are like alrex (loteprednol)?

Allergies: Allergies cause itching ; tearing. Over-the-counter allergy medicine ; eyedrops help relieve it. Zaditor (ketotifen) is a good eyedrop that used to be prescription. Take one drop 2 x day. ...Read more

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My husband works on laptop for 13-14 hours almost daily. Please suggest some over-the-counter eye drops to comfort his computer strained eyes.

My husband works on laptop for 13-14 hours almost daily. Please suggest some over-the-counter eye drops to comfort his computer strained eyes.

Several: As you have discovered, computer work is drying due to low blink rate and the dry atmosphere in offices. Good lubricating drops are helpful. Systane and Refresh are among the best. But always try several others as each individual is different and there may be a "perfect" drop for your husband out there. ...Read more

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I am 99% sure I have pink eye. With no time or access to a doctor, what is the best eye drops or cream to get over the counter?

I am 99% sure I have pink eye. With no time or access to a doctor, what is the best eye drops or cream to get over the counter?

Tears: Pink eye typically refers to viral conjunctivitis. It usually affects both eyes and because it is due to a virus, is treated symptomatically with otc preservative-free artificial tears. Problem is that this cannot be self- diagnosed. There are many causes of a red eye, some of which can be quite serious. You need to see an eye md for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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

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 vision is blurred when I put in antibiotic ointment. Can I rinse out with eye drops?

My vision is blurred when I put in antibiotic ointment. Can I rinse out with eye drops?

Ok: But you may be washing out the ointment and decreasing its effectiveness. Why not ask your ophthalmologist to switch you to a drop. ...Read more

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Help! Can antibiotic eye drops be used in the ear?

Not formulated: Eye drops are formulated for eye surface ; labeled as such. Otic (ear) drops same thing. I would not use except as prescribed. ...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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What is the name of the antibiotic eye drops used to treat pink eye?

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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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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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