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Tobramycin And Dexamethasone (Ophthalmic)
In the U.S.-
Tobramycin (toe-bra-MYE-sin) and dexamethasone (dex-a-METH-a-sone) is a combination of an antibiotic and a corticosteroid ( kor-ti-ko-STER-oid) . It is used in the eye to prevent permanent damage, which may occur with certain eye problems.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following dosage forms:
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of using the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:
Allergies- Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to tobramycin or related medicines (amikacin, gentamicin, kanamycin, neomycin, netilmicin, streptomycin) or to dexamethasone. Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Pregnancy- Studies with ophthalmic tobramycin and dexamethasone have not been done in humans. However, in animals, the dexamethasone part of the medicine caused birth defects when it was applied to the eyes.
Breast-feeding- It is not known how much ophthalmic tobramycin and dexamethasone is absorbed into the body, or how much passes into breast milk. Discuss with your doctor whether or not you should breast-feed during treatment with this medicine.
Children- Studies on this medicine have been done only in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of ophthalmic tobramycin and dexamethasone in children with use in other age groups.
Older adults- Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects or problems in older people. There is no specific information comparing use of ophthalmic tobramycin and dexamethasone in the elderly with use in other age groups.
Other medicines- Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your health care professional if you are using any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Other medical problems- The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Proper Use of This Medicine
For patients using the ophthalmic suspension (eye drops) form of this medicine:
For patients using the ophthalmic ointment form of this medicine:
The dose of ophthalmic tobramycin and dexamethasone will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label . The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
To store this medicine:
Precautions While Using This Medicine
If you will be using this medicine for more than a few weeks, an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) should examine your eyes at regular visits to make sure it does not cause unwanted effects.
Side Effects of This Medicine
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT