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Can I safely use Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) suspension instead if Alrex for a mild case of allergic conjunctivitis?

Can I safely use Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) suspension instead if Alrex for a mild case of allergic conjunctivitis?

Avoid steroids: Tobradex and Alrex have steroids and should be reserved for use under supervision by an ophthalmologist because of potential side effects. Pataday and Lastacaft (alcaftadine) are safer and effective choices. ...Read more

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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


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What is better for bacterial conjunctivitis? Zylet, tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone)?

Depends: Zylet and tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) are very similar they both have an antibiotic - tobramycin and a steroid. Zylet has a milder steroid than tobramycin. ...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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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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Son of 1yr has conjunctivitis in both eyes went to dr 2day ago no drops prescribed just to keep clean, now his eyes are puffing underneath?

Son of 1yr has conjunctivitis in both eyes went to dr 2day ago no drops prescribed just to keep clean, now his eyes are puffing underneath?

Conjunctivitis: Your doctor believes your son has a viral conjunctivitis, sometimes also called pink eye. No need to treat this with antibiotic drops. Artificial tears can be used, but very difficult to give to babies, as they fight getting drops in eyes. Follow doctor's advice for now and contact doctor again if you see yellow pus or eyes turn very red or things don't improve in few days. ...Read more

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Optometry just diagnosed me with giant papillary conjunctivitis but I have never worn contacts. He prescribed prednisalone . Says something could have?

Could be GPC: Most giant papillary conjunctivitis in this country is related to contact lens solution allergy but some can occur without this stimulus. Prednisone eyedrops are the standard treatment but might have some side effects. Suggest that you see a real doctor, an ophthalmologist , for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink alcohol while having medication prescribed for conjunctivitis?

Is it okay to drink alcohol while having medication prescribed for conjunctivitis?

Depression: Both have sedative effect, but adding them depends on what antidepressant meds. U are already prescribed. Best to discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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My right eye has been puffy and dark for about 2 weeks. It started about 3 weeks ago and I went to the MinuteClinic where they prescribed an ointment for conjunctivitis and said to use a warm compress. My eye is still dark, puffy, with some pain.

My right eye has been puffy and dark for about 2 weeks.  It started about 3 weeks ago and I went to the MinuteClinic where they prescribed an ointment for conjunctivitis and said to use a warm compress.  My eye is still dark, puffy, with some pain.

It is time for a: visit with your doctor. The discoloration and puffiness mentioned raises some concern but even more so the associated pain. It is necessary to check for problems involving the deeper tissues of the eye and or the sinuses. Take care. ...Read more

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How long should I wait after my last dose of fluorometholone eye drops (prescribed for allergic conjunctivitis) before wearing contacts again?

How long should I wait after my last dose of fluorometholone eye drops (prescribed for allergic conjunctivitis) before wearing contacts again?

Soon: This depends upon the appearance and comfort of the eye. You should avoid contact wear when the eye is red or getting redder, but when the red is fading and the other symptoms you may have had are fading, then you can wear the contact. ...Read more

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Yesterday found out I have acute allergic conjunctivitis in my right eye. I was prescribed tobrex (tobramycin). Wondering when can I wear my contacts. ?

Yesterday found out I have acute allergic conjunctivitis in my right eye. I was prescribed tobrex (tobramycin). Wondering when can I wear my contacts.  ?

Wait: Tobrex (tobramycin) is an antibiotic used for bacterial eye infections. I recommend discontinuing contact lenses until your infection is resolved, usually 7-10 days. Now if you truly have an allergic conjunctivitis, then you are on the wrong medication. If you have goopy, sticky discharge and only have itchy watery eyes with scant stringy discharge, then i'd use otc zaditor™ twice daily for symptom control. ...Read more

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Ophthalmologist prescribed desonide cream .05% to rub on eyelids, (allegeric conjunctivitis)...how do I do that without getting it in the eye?

Ophthalmologist prescribed desonide cream .05% to rub on eyelids, (allegeric conjunctivitis)...how do I do that without getting it in the eye?

Wrong question: Conjunctivitis refers to inflammation of the membranes inside the eyelids + around the eyeball. This steroid cream is applied to the skin for dermatitis. Calcineurin inhibitor such as tacrolimus ointment is preferred for eyelids. It is more effective and safer. But conjunctivitis requires medication applied INSIDE the eyelid or on the eyeball. There are different products made for this applicati ...Read more

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I have viral conjunctivitis and I am 34 weeks pregnant. My doctor prescribed fml (fluorometholone) drops, is it safe for me to use? Thank you.

I have viral conjunctivitis and I am 34 weeks pregnant. My doctor prescribed fml (fluorometholone) drops, is it safe for me to use? Thank you.

Safe but: Not needed for viral conjunctivitis. Steroid drops, like this, may prolong the infection. No treatment is needed. It will get better in a week or less. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Tobramycin And Dexamethasone (Definition)

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Tobradex (Definition)

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