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Tobramycin and dexamethasone is a medication used for treating certain eye conditions that involve both an inflammation and an infection. This prescription medicine contains a steroid (to reduce inflammation) and an antibiotic (to fight or prevent infection). The medication comes in the form of eye drops or an ointment. Although most people tolerate this drug well, side effects may occur, such as eyelid itching and swelling.

What Is Tobramycin and Dexamethasone?

Tobramycin and dexamethasone (Tobradex®) is a prescription eye medication. It contains both an antibiotic and a steroid. It is approved for treating certain eye conditions that involve both inflammation and an infection (or a risk for an infection).
(Click What Is Tobramycin and Dexamethasone Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

As with any medicine, tobramycin and dexamethasone can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of tobramycin and dexamethasone include but are not limited to:
  • Eyelid itching
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Eye redness.
(Click Side Effects of Tobramycin and Dexamethasone to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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