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Does tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) ophthalmic ointment effective after expiration date?

Does tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) ophthalmic ointment effective after expiration date?

Maybe: After the expiration date, the effectiveness diminishes. It is best not to use an expired medication. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Tobramycin And Dexamethasone (Definition)

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Blepharitis and dry eyes not going away. Have allergies and asthma. Experiencing symptoms for 10 months. Prescribed tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) ointment and feel worser.

Blepharitis and dry eyes not going away. Have allergies and asthma. Experiencing symptoms for 10 months. Prescribed tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) ointment and feel worser.

Not correct treatmen: Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) is a poor choice for treatment of these conditions. Blepharitis and dry eye often occur together and both disorders require treatment. See an ophthalmologist for evaluation and management of these disorders. ...Read more

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I had an eye infection, and my ophthalmologist prescribed both tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) drops (both eyes) and ointment (affected eye). Is that an overkill?

I had an eye infection, and my ophthalmologist prescribed both tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) drops (both eyes) and ointment (affected eye). Is that an overkill?

Probably not: Eyedrops are in liquid and are effective for 1-2 hours until your natural tear flow removes them. Ointment is a nice adjunct for nighttime use as it coats the eye for many hours and therefore is effective while you sleep and do not have to awaken at 3 am to put in another eyedrop. ...Read more

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Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) Ophthalmic Ointment given for eye rednes,swelling,oozing yellow,drynes-no bacterial infection found in skin scraping-why then give antibiotic?

Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) Ophthalmic Ointment given for eye rednes,swelling,oozing yellow,drynes-no bacterial infection found in skin scraping-why then give antibiotic?

Culture ?: Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) is a good treatment for severe redness caused by bacterial conjunctivitis, especially those caused by gram negative bacteria. If an eye scraping is done with culture and no bacteria are cultured, the irritation may be due to viral or allergic issues, that could be complicated by bacterial superinfection. Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) is a good 1st line, followed by specific therapy based on sensitivities ...Read more

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I have been using Tobradex for two weeks. After I stopped, my eye has turned red again. I was diagnosed with Shingles on June 10th as well. Thank you?

I have been using Tobradex for two weeks. After I stopped, my eye has turned red again. I was diagnosed with Shingles on June 10th as well. Thank you?

Details!!!!: Shingles June 10? Where? Treated? Now Aug 1, should be gone now. Why Tobradex in eye? Ophthalmologist? It is a cortisone steroid + aminoglycocide antibiotic. You do not want to continue steroid in eye. An ophthalmologist will help you. ...Read more

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I applied tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) on my eyes and my eyes burned and turned red, what to do?

Exam for allergy: This medicine has an antibiotic component. Although many eye medications can cause stinging/burning and temporary redness, on occasion there may be an allergy. Discuss with your eye MD. ...Read more

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I applied tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) on my eyes and my eyes burned and turned red. Is this normal?

I applied tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) on my eyes and my eyes burned and turned red. Is this normal?

No: If your eyes burned and turned red after putting the tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) in, you should stop using it and tell your ophthalmologist. You may have an allergy to it. There are other eye drops that can be prescribed that are antibiotics and steroid combinations. It's important to follow up with your doctor so you can continue to have treatment. ...Read more

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Eye Dr gave me Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) Sat. Stopped using it Thursday. Have to see eye Dr again Sat. Did I make mistake stopping drops. I didn't see any change.

Eye Dr gave me Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) Sat. Stopped using it Thursday. Have to see eye Dr again Sat. Did I make mistake stopping drops. I didn't see any change.

You were right: Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) works usually within a day for the intended condition. It appeared that it did nothing or even worsened your eye symptoms after having used it for nearly a week. Perhaps you need a second opinion on the diagnosis. ...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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I have chalazion in my both eyes .. doctor prescribed Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) with fucithalmic drops.should i take both at same time? don't they have same effect?

 I have chalazion in my both eyes .. doctor prescribed Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone)  with fucithalmic drops.should i take both at same time? don't they have same effect?

Useless treatment: These antibiotics will not penetrate a chalazion. They are not worth the expense or time to treat this condition. Try using lots of heat - a washcloth under very warm (but not hot) water held over the chalazion for 4-5 minutes at least 5 times per day. If persistent more than one week of this treatment, then see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Eye got scratched should I put tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) in it?

Eye got scratched should I put tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) in it?

Eye scratch: I recommend seeing either an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor specializing in medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases) or an optometrist (an eye doctor) regarding your scratch. Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) is an antibiotic/steroid combination -- a professional should evaluate your "scratch" prior to prescribing the correct medication. Improper use of antibiotics and/or steriods could worsen symptoms. ...Read more

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Can I use Tobradex for a 3 week old? His eye is a pink pink and has had puss but also blocked tear ducts since birth

Can I use Tobradex for a 3 week old? His eye is a pink pink and has had puss but also blocked tear ducts since birth

Blocked tear ducts: And conjunctivitis / infection are two very different things, treated different ways. Gentle repetitive massage of the tear duct from the nose up toward the opening of the duct in the corner of the eye is often effective treatment for a blocked duct. In a three week old however, no medications should be given without the instruction of the physician. An eye infection in this age needs workup ...Read more

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There's something is in my eye or it's scratched; can I use the tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) I got last year?

There's something is in my eye or it's scratched; can I use the tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) I got last year?

No: First you need to make sure any medication you use is not expired. Second tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) contains both an antibiotic and steroid. The problem is more the steroid which can possibly make an infection worse. Please see your eye doctor for the best prescription. ...Read more

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Accidental overuse of tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) eye drops?

Accidental overuse of tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) eye drops?

Not good: Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) is an antibiotic/corticosteroid drop used to treat bacterial infection associated with ocular or eyelid inflammation. Overuse of antibiotics can cause growth of resistant strains of bacteria. Overuse of topical steroids can lead to very serious problems, including ulcers of the cornea, glaucoma and cataract formation. It is wise to use this exactly as prescribed by your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Is tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) effective for eye dryiness problems?

Is tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) effective for eye dryiness problems?

No: I don't recommend using an antibiotic-steroid preparation for dry eyes. The potential side effects of allergy, cataract, and elevated intraocular pressure are enough concern. More appropriate dry eye treatments: artificial tears, gels & ointments are effective. Warm compresses & lid massages, humidification of living environment; punctal plugs, restasis; fish oil infrequently--mild steroid. ...Read more

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What are the differences between tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) and tobrex eye drops?

What are the differences between tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) and tobrex eye drops?

Combo v. Antibiotic: TobraDex™ is a combination amino glycoside antibiotic & dexamethasone, a steroid, whereas Tobrex™ is just the amino glycoside. Both are used to treat infections, but the combo agent maybe employed to control associated inflammation in a variety of ocular diseases. ...Read more

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It's okay to use my tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) eye-drops 2 weeks after opening them right?

It's okay to use my tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) eye-drops 2 weeks after opening them right?

Not a problem: Unless you have used them in a way that contaminates the tip, there is no issue with using them two weeks after opening. You could also release one drop in the sink to clear the nozzle before putting it in your eyes. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) and tobrex eye drops?

Difference: is that TobraDex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) is a combination of the antibiotic, Tobramycin, and the corticosteroid (anti-inflammatory), Dexamethasone. Tobrex is just the antibiotic tobramycin. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could use my tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) eye-drops 2 weeks after opening them?

Can you tell me if i could use my tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) eye-drops 2 weeks after opening them?

Yes but....: Yes you can use them but only if you know that they have not been contaminated by the eyelashes when you first used them. Check the expiration date of the drops also and do not use them if expired. ...Read more

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How to treat eye pain after tobramycin and dexamethasone?

Tear drops: The drops should not cause pain unless there drying of the eye which can cause pain when the drop is put in. Try putting in an artificial tear first before the tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone). Artificial tear drops should also help the pain if you get it after the tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone). Keep in mind that the Dexamethasone drops can raise the ocular pressure so periodic eye exams are needed when using Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone). ...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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Is tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) eye drops ototoxic?

Is tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) eye drops ototoxic?

Not likely: In the usual dose for this eyedrop, there is little systemic absorption. In the sensitive, tobramycin can lead to ototoxicity but this occurs with high systemic dosage. ...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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Why did they combine tobramycin and dexamethasone ophthalmic in an eye drop?

Why did they combine tobramycin and dexamethasone ophthalmic in an eye drop?

Works well: In eye disease it is often infection and resultant inflammation that cause problems. Treating both inflammation and infection simultaneously can reduce vision loss and speed recovery in eye disease. This is not true in every case of infection though. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Tobradex (Definition)

TobraDex is an ocular antibiotic-corticosteroid combination which is a ...Read more