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What is Maxitrol Eye Drops (Neomycin/Polymyxin B/Dexamethasone) prescribed for?

This medication is a combination of neomycin, polymyxin, and antibiotics that all work to stop the growth of bacteria.  In doing so, it is commonly used as a treatment for conditions that involve the swelling of the eyes and treat or prevent bacterial eye infections. It also contains dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid that works by reducing swelling.

Be sure to only use this medication for bacterial eye infections, since it does not work with any other type of eye infections, and may actually worsen your current condition.

Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness, until it may not even work for you at all.

This medication is to be applied to the eyes 3 to 4 times a day, unless told so otherwise by your doctor.

To apply, wash your hands first, and to avoid any contamination, be careful not to touch the tip of the tube or let it touch your eye or let it come in contact with any other surface. When ready, tilt your head back and look upward. Pull down the lower eye lid to create what appears to be a pouch. Place the tube directly over your eye and put in the prescribed amount. Close your eye and roll the eye ball in various directions to spread the medication.

Clean the tube and remove any excess medication from it and recap the bottle. Apply as often as directed to by your doctor.

If you are using any other kind of eye medications, make sure to use those medicines first before applying Maxitrol. And wait at least 5 minutes in between applications.

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to neomycin, polymyxin, or dexamethasone; or to aminoglycoside antibiotics (e.g., gentamicin, tobramycin); or to corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone, prednisone); or to any other medications or allergies in general.

Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform you doctor if you have had any serious health issues in the past, such as; other eye problems (e.g., glaucoma).

After you apply this drug, your vision may become temporarily blurred. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.

Some of these side effects may occur when taking this medication; they are as follows; Stinging/burning of the eyes for 1 to 2 minutes or temporary blurred vision may occur when this medication is applied. However if any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor right away.

Use of this medication for prolonged/repeated periods may result in a new fungal eye infection and may increase your risk for other eye problems (e.g., glaucoma, cataracts, delayed wound healing). Do not use this medication for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: new or worsening eye symptoms (e.g., discharge, swelling, redness), vision problems, eye pain.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.


 What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.


 What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.


 What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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