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TobraDex Side Effects

Generic Name: dexamethasone / tobramycin ophthalmic

Note: This document contains side effect information about dexamethasone / tobramycin ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name TobraDex.

For the Consumer

Applies to dexamethasone/tobramycin ophthalmic: ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic suspension

Along with its needed effects, dexamethasone/tobramycin ophthalmic may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking dexamethasone/tobramycin ophthalmic:

Less common
  • Itching and swelling of eyelid
  • redness of eye
  • Delayed wound healing
  • eye pain
  • gradual blurring or loss of vision

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to dexamethasone / tobramycin ophthalmic: ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic suspension


Frequency not reported: Hypersensitivity[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Eye pain, eye pruritus, ocular discomfort, ocular hypertension, conjunctival edema, increased intraocular pressure, eye irritation
Rare (less than 0.1%): Keratitis, eye allergy, blurred vision, dry eye, ocular hyperemia
Frequency not reported: Eyelid edema, erythema of the eyelid, mydriasis, increased lacrimation

-Common (1% to 10%): Ocular hyperemia, erythema of eyelid, abnormal sensation in eye, eye pain
-Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Eye pruritus, ocular discomfort, eye allergy, eyelid edema, conjunctivitis, glare, increased lacrimation, keratitis
-Frequency not reported: Optic nerve damage, posterior subcapsular cataract formation, fungal infections of the cornea, bacterial ocular infection

-Common (1% to 10%):
-Frequency not reported: Conjunctival erythema, ocular toxicity[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Swelling face[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Rash, pruritus[Ref]


The most commonly reported side effects were eye irritation, ocular hyperemia, erythema of eyelid, abnormal sensation in eye, ocular hyperemia, and eye pain.[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Dysgeusia
Frequency not reported: Nausea, abdominal discomfort[Ref]


-Frequency not reported: Delayed wound healing[Ref]

Nervous system

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Headache
Frequency not reported: Dizziness[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Rhinorrhea, laryngospasm[Ref]


1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

2. "Product Information. Tobradex (dexamethasone-tobramycin ophthalmic)." Alcon Laboratories Inc, Fort Worth, TX.

Some side effects of TobraDex may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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