Generic Name: Trimethoprim and Polymyxin B (trye METH oh prim & pol i MIKS in bee)
Brand Name: Polytrim
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on May 30, 2020.
Uses of Polytrim:
- It is used to treat eye infections.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Polytrim?
- If you have an allergy to trimethoprim, polymyxin B, or any other part of Polytrim (trimethoprim and polymyxin B).
- If you are allergic to Polytrim (trimethoprim and polymyxin B); any part of Polytrim (trimethoprim and polymyxin B); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Polytrim (trimethoprim and polymyxin B) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Polytrim?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Polytrim (trimethoprim and polymyxin B). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Use care when driving or doing other tasks that call for clear eyesight.
- Do not use longer than you have been told. A second infection may happen.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Polytrim (trimethoprim and polymyxin B) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Polytrim) best taken?
Use Polytrim (trimethoprim and polymyxin B) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Use as you have been told, even if your signs get better.
- For the eye only.
- Avoid wearing contacts unless told to wear them by your doctor.
- Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.
- Tilt your head back and drop drug into the eye.
- After use, keep your eyes closed. Put pressure on the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 1 to 2 minutes. This keeps the drug in your eye.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not use 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
- Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
- Eyelid swelling.
What are some other side effects of Polytrim?
- Eye irritation.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
How do I store and/or throw out Polytrim?
- Store at room temperature.
- Protect from light.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Polytrim (trimethoprim and polymyxin B), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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- Drug class: ophthalmic anti-infectives