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Tobramycin + Dexamethasone - Ophthalmic - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I use this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
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> What should I take note of while using this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I use this with other medicines?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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Why do I need this medicine?

Tobramycin and Dexamethasone are combined together in this medicine.

This medicine is used to treat and prevent inflammation and infections of the eyes.

How do I use this medicine?

Instill Tobramycin + Dexamethasone exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Tobramycin + Dexamethasone is available as an eye drop suspension or eye ointment.

To use the eye drop suspension:
  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before using the eye drops.
  2. Shake the bottle well before using.
  3. Tilt your head slightly backwards. With the index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Look upward and instill the required number of drops inside the lower eyelid.
  4. Close your eyes. Using your index finger, apply gentle pressure against the corner of your eye (by the nose) for at least 1 minute. This will help keep the medicine in your eye.
  5. Wipe any excess liquid from your face with a clean tissue.
  6. Replace and tighten the cap of the bottle.
To use the eye ointment:
  1. Wash and dry your hands before applying the ointment.
  2. With your index finger, pull the lower eyelid down the eye to form a pouch.
  3. Hold the tube with your other hand and place it as near to your eyelid as possible without touching it. Squeeze a thin strip of ointment (about 1/2 inch) into the pouch.
  4. Gently close your eyes and keep them closed for 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Wipe any excess ointment from the eyelids and lashes with a clean tissue. With another clean tissue, wipe the tip of the tube clean.
  6. Replace and tighten the cap of the tube.
  7. Wash your hands to remove any medication.
Do not allow the tip of the dropper of this medicine to touch your eyes, eyelids or any other surface. Recap the eye drop immediately after use. If the eye drop becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eyes.

If you have been given any other eye drops or medicines to be used together with Tobramycin + Dexamethasone, wait for at least 5 minutes before using the other medicine.

Do not share your eye drop or eye ointment with anyone else.

Contact lenses should not be worn during the use of this medicine.

The dose of this medicine will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the treatment timeframe depending on the type and severity of your infection.

You must complete the entire course of this medicine. If you don't, the infection will not be properly controlled.

What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?

Instill the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to use this medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Do not use this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (e.g. rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to tobramycin or dexamethasone.

Alert your doctor if you have bacterial, fungal or viral eye infections or disease as this medicine may not be suitable for you.

What should I take note of while using this medicine?

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Some brands of Tobramycin + Dexamethasone contain benzalkonium chloride as a preservative. This may discolour soft contact lenses and cause eye irritation. Wearing contact lenses is not recommended during treatment of an eye inflammation or infection.

Prolonged use of this medicine may result in an overgrowth of non-susceptible organisms, including fungi. Use only as instructed by your doctor.

What side effects could I experience?

Tobramycin + Dexamethasone may cause your vision to be temporarily blurred. If affected, do not drive or operate machinery.

Other side effects include any of the following: eye pain, discomfort, irritation, itching, redness, swelling, increased pressure in the eye, watery eyes, and rashes.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I use this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicines for inflammation and pain e.g. topical steroids, NSAIDs
  • medicines for HIV infection e.g. cobicistat, ritonavir
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Tobramycin + Dexamethasone.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

How should I store this medicine?

Store below 25°C, away from the reach of children.

Store eye drop suspension in an upright position.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

Throw away any remaining eye drops four weeks after opening. Mark the date of opening on the eye drop so that you know when to discard it.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Tobramycin + Dexamethasone - Ophthalmic and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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