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What is Tobrex Eye Drops?

Tobrex Eye Drops are made up of an antibiotic called tobramycin. We carry both the brand choice and generic alternative of this medication in 0.30%!

Tobrex Eye Drops are used for the treatment of bacterial infections of the eye. This includes bacterial infections of the respiratory system (like acute otitis media (AOM) or diphtheria), skin (like boils or impetigo), ears, and sexually transmitted diseases (like chlamydia or gonorrhea). This medication will not help viral or fungal infections.

Tobrex Eye Drops (tobramycin) are effective at treating bacterial infections because as an antibiotic, Tobrex Eye Drops are able to stop the growth of the bacteria causing the infection. This will allow the immune system to fight the infection faster and easier.

Make sure to follow the directions given to you by your doctor. To prevent further spreading of bacteria, ensure you; wash your hands before and after each use; do not touch the tip of the eye dropper; this includes touching it to objects as well as yourself.

Use this medication for the full prescribed amount, even if you feel your infection has healed. Stopping this treatment too soon can cause the infection to come back or allow for resistance (troubles treating the infection).

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat and children.

How to administer Tobrex Eye Drops (tobramycin)

1.           Tilt your head back

2.           Look upward

3.           Form a pouch by pulling down on your lower eye lid

4.           Hold dropper above eye; apply 1 drop into the pouch

5.           Look down and gently close your eyes for 1 – 2 minutes


Do not use Tobrex Eye Drops (tobramycin)

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to tobramycin, or if you have a viral or fungal infection in your eye. Do not use this product on a baby aged 0-2 months.

Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required

Tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergy to antibiotics such as amikacin, gentamicin, kanamycin, neomycin, streptomycin, or vancomycin.


The effects of this medication have not been established in unborn babies. Speak with your doctor about using this medication while pregnant before starting treatment.

Tobrex Eye Drops may pass into breast milk and has the potential to harm a nursing infant. Do not breast feed while using this medication.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Tobrex Eye Drops (tobramycin) may include:

eye itching or redness; mild burning, stinging, or irritation; itchy or puffy eyelids; blurred vision; or your eyes may be more sensitive to light.

The above side effects should not alarm you.

Serious side effects of Tobrex Eye Drops (tobramycin) may include:

severe burning, stinging, or irritation after using this medicine; or eye swelling, redness, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage (may be signs of infection).

If you have any of the above side effects or, contact your doctor right away.

Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.


What is Tobramycin ophthalmic solution?

Tobramycin ophthalmic solution, also known as the brand Tobrex Eye Drops, is medical eye drops containing 0.30% of an aminoglycoside antibiotic called Tobramycin. It is derived from Streptomyces tenebrarius, a type of bacterium, and was first approved for medical use in 1974. It is administered directly to the eye, usually as 1 or 2 drops throughout the day (generally every 4 hours), or as directed by your doctor. This medication is available at My Drug Center as both the brand and generic product to those with a valid prescription.


What is Tobramycin ophthalmic solution used for?

Since Tobramycin is an ophthalmic antibiotic, it is used for bacterial infections of the eye to help improve the healing process. Antibiotics are drugs which can slow or stop the growth of bacteria. This particular antibiotic is most effective against Pseudomonas (a common genus of bacteria) and gram-negative infections. Pink eye is one example of a bacterial infection which can be treated with Tobrex (Tobramycin ophthalmic solution).


How long to use Tobramycin eye drops?

The duration of treatment will be different for most patients who need to use Tobrex. It will depend mainly on the severity of your condition as well as a few personal factors. Only your doctor will be able to determine how long you may need to use this medication for. Generally, treatment lasts until your condition heals, which usually takes about a week or two. If you are unsure how long you should use this medication for, speak with your doctor.

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