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Side Effects of Tobramycin and Dexamethasone

Some of the most common side effects of tobramycin and dexamethasone include eyelid itching, eyelid swelling, and redness of the eye. In most cases, reactions to this drug are usually minor and do not require medical attention. However, there are some potentially serious problems that should be reported to a healthcare provider right away, such as severe itching and vision changes.

An Introduction to Tobramycin and Dexamethasone Side Effects

As with any medicine, tobramycin and dexamethasone (Tobradex®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with tobramycin and dexamethasone. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Serious Side Effects of Tobramycin and Dexamethasone

There are a few potential side effects of this medicine that may be serious. Make sure to report any of the following potentially serious tobramycin and dexamethasone side effects to your healthcare provider:
 
  • Slow healing of the eye wound
  • A secondary infection (in addition to the condition or infection being treated with tobramycin and dexamethasone), often a fungal infection
  • Cataracts
  • Severe itching, swelling, or redness (which may indicate an allergic reaction)
  • Vision changes (other than temporary blurring caused by the ointment).
     
Tobramycin and dexamethasone may cause increased pressure in the eye, leading to glaucoma. Since such problems often cause no symptoms, your healthcare provider should monitor the pressure within your eye, especially if you use this medication for a long period of time (longer than just a few days).
 
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