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WHY is this medicine prescribed?
Ophthalmic tobramycin is used to treat eye infections. Tobramycin is in a class of medications called antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria that cause infections.
HOW should this medicine be used?
Ophthalmic tobramycin comes as as a solution (liquid) to instill in the eyes and as an eye ointment to apply to the eyes. The eye drops are usually applied every 4 to 8 hours and the ointment is usually applied two to four times a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use tobramycin eye drops or ointment exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
To instill the eye drops, follow these steps:
To use the eye ointment, follow these instructions:
Are there OTHER USES for this medicine?
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
What SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS should I follow?
Before using tobramycin eye drops or eye ointment,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to tobramycin, other antibiotics, or any other drugs.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially other eye medications and vitamins.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using tobramycin eye drops or eye ointment, call your doctor immediately.
- you should know that your vision may be blurred during your treatment with tobramycin eye ointment. Avoid rubbing your eyes even if your vision is blurred. Do not drive a car or operate machinery if you are unable to see clearly.
- tell your doctor if you wear soft contact lenses. You should not wear contact lenses if you have any eye infection.
What SPECIAL DIETARY instructions should I follow?
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
What should I do IF I FORGET to take a dose?
Instill or apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not instill or apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What SIDE EFFECTS can this medicine cause?
Tobramycin eye drops or ointment may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- eye tearing
- itching, stinging, or burning of the eye
- swelling of the eye
- temporary blurred vision (from the ointment)
What should I know about STORAGE and DISPOSAL of this medication?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
What OTHER INFORMATION should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
If you still have symptoms of infection after you finish the tobramycin eye drops or ointment, call your doctor.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
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