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Tobramycin ophthalmic Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to tobramycin ophthalmic: ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic solution

Along with its needed effects, 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 immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking tobramycin ophthalmic:

Less common
  • Itching, redness, swelling, or other sign of eye or eyelid irritation not present before use of this medicine
Symptoms of overdose
  • Increased watering of the eyes
  • itching, redness, or swelling of the eyes or eyelids
  • painful irritation of the clear front part of the eye

Some side effects of tobramycin ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
  • Burning or stinging of the eyes

Eye ointments usually cause your vision to blur for a few minutes after application.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to tobramycin ophthalmic: ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic solution

Ocular

Ocular side effects of tobramycin ophthalmic include eyelid itching and swelling. Conjunctival erythema has also been reported.[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

A case of allergic conjunctivitis and blepharitis associated with tobramycin ophthalmic ointment has been reported. Hypersensitivity was confirmed by patch testing.[Ref]

Tobramycin ophthalmic has been associated with hypersensitivity reactions.[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Tobrex (tobramycin ophthalmic)." Alcon Laboratories Inc, Fort Worth, TX.

2. Caraffini S, Assalve D, Stingeni L, Lisi P "Allergic contact conjunctivitis and blepharitis from tobramycin." Contact Dermatitis 32 (1995): 186-7

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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