Generic Name: tobramycin ophthalmic (TOE bra MYE sin off THAL mik)Brand Names: Aktob, Tobralcon, Tobrasol, Tobrex
Tobramycin ophthalmic is an antibiotic.
Tobramycin ophthalmic is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes.
Tobramycin ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.What is the most important information I should know about AK-Tob (tobramycin ophthalmic)?Do not touch the dropper or tube opening to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper or tube opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.
Apply light pressure to the inside corner of your eye (near your nose) after each drop to prevent the fluid from draining down the tear ducts.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using AK-Tob (tobramycin ophthalmic)?Do not use tobramycin ophthalmic if you have a viral or fungal infection in the eye. It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria only. Tobramycin ophthalmic is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use tobramycin ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is not known whether tobramycin ophthalmic passes into breast milk. Do not use tobramycin ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Use tobramycin ophthalmic eyedrops or ointment exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.Wash your hands before using your eyedrops or ointment.
To apply the eyedrops:
Shake the drops gently to be sure the medicine is well mixed. Tilt your head back slightly and pull down on your lower eyelid. Position the dropper above your eye. Look up and away from the dropper. Squeeze out a drop and close your eye. Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of your eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to prevent the liquid from draining down your tear duct. If you are using more than one drop in the same eye, repeat the process with about 5 minutes between drops. If you are using drops in both eyes, repeat the process in the other eye.
To apply the ointment:
Hold the tube in your hand for a few minutes to warm it up so that the ointment comes out easily. Tilt your head back slightly and pull down gently on your lower eyelid. Apply a thin film of the ointment into your lower eyelid. Close your eye and roll your eyeball around in all directions for 1 to 2 minutes. If you are applying another eye medication, allow at least 10 minutes before applying the other medication.
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one as directed. Do not use a double dose of this medication.
An overdose of this medication is unlikely to occur. If you do suspect an overdose or if the medication has been ingested, call an emergency room or poison control center for advice.
If you wear contact lenses, ask your doctor if you should wear them during treatment with tobramycin ophthalmic. After applying the medication, wait at least 15 minutes before inserting contact lenses, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.Do not use other eye drops or medications during treatment with tobramycin ophthalmic unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Serious side effects are not expected with this medication.
Commonly, some eye burning, stinging, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, eyelid itching, eyelid swelling, or sensitivity to light may occur.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with tobramycin ophthalmic. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.