Generic Name: dexamethasone/neomycin/polymyxin b (DEX-a-METH-a-sone/NEE-oh-MYE-sin/POL-ee-MIX-in)
Brand Name: Examples include Maxitrol and Poly-Dex
Maxitrol drops are used for:
Treating eye infections and associated symptoms, including redness, irritation, and discomfort, caused by certain bacteria. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Maxitrol drops are a combination of 2 antibiotics and a corticosteroid (dexamethasone). The antibiotics work by slowing the growth of, or killing, sensitive bacteria on the eye. The corticosteroid reduces inflammation.
Do NOT use Maxitrol drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Maxitrol drops
- you have a fungal, viral (eg, herpes simplex, chickenpox, shingles), or mycobacterial infection of the eye
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Maxitrol drops:
Some medical conditions may interact with Maxitrol drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have diabetes, glaucoma, or thinning of the cornea or white of the eye
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Maxitrol drops. Because little, if any, of Maxitrol drops are absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if Maxitrol drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Maxitrol drops:
Use Maxitrol drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Maxitrol drops are only for the eye. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
- To prevent reinfection, wash your hands before and after using Maxitrol drops.
- Shake well before each use.
- To use Maxitrol drops in the eye, first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eyelid for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
- To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
- Do not wear contact lenses while you are using Maxitrol drops. Take care of your contact lenses as directed by the manufacturer. Check with your doctor before you use them.
- To clear up your infection completely, use Maxitrol drops for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
- If you miss a dose of Maxitrol drops, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Maxitrol drops.
Important safety information:
- Maxitrol drops only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold).
- Be sure to use Maxitrol drops for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
- Long-term or repeated use of Maxitrol drops may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
- Long-term use of Maxitrol drops may cause an increase in the pressure in your eyes. Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 10 days without checking with your doctor.
- Maxitrol drops should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Maxitrol drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Maxitrol drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Maxitrol drops:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Burning or stinging when you first put the medicine in your eye; dry, flaky skin; irritation; itching; redness; swelling.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in vision; continued burning or itching; eye pain.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Maxitrol drops:
Store Maxitrol drops between 46 and 80 degrees F (8 and 27 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep the container tightly closed. Keep Maxitrol drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Maxitrol drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Maxitrol drops are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Maxitrol drops or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Maxitrol drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Maxitrol drops. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Maxitrol drops.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.