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Description

Zymar Eye Drops are an ophthalmic solution made up of an antibiotic called gatifloxacin. We carry the brand choice of this medication in 0.30%!

Zymar Eye Drops are used to treat bacterial infections of the eye. A common bacterial eye infection is pink eye. Styes are also another eye infection caused by bacteria.

Zymar Eye Drops (gatifloxacin) are effective at treating bacterial eye infections because as an antibiotic it is able to fight the bacteria and prevent further growth of the infection. This allows the immune system to fight the infection better.

Directions

Always follow directions given to you by your doctor. Instructions can usually also be found on the prescription or prescription bottle/container. Ensure you are waiting 5 minutes in between eye drops if you are using another type of eye drop as well as this one.

Typically, initial treatment begins with 1 drop in the affected eye every 2 hours, after a few days, you would apply 1 drop every 4 hours for the following duration of treatment.

How to administer eye drops

  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

Cautions

Do not use Zymar Eye Drops (gatifloxacin)

You should not use this medication if you allergic to gatifloxacin or similar medicines, such as ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, lomefloxacin, moxifloxacin, norfloxacin, and others.

This medication is not approved for those under the age of 1 year old.

Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required

Tell your doctor about all medical conditions before starting treatment. Include any drug allergies you may have.

Risks

It is not known whether this medication will harm an unborn baby, therefore, you should speak to your doctor about the risks before starting treatment if you are pregnant.

It is also not known whether this medication will pass into breast milk or if it will harm a nursing infant. You should speak with your doctor about the risks before using this medication if you are breastfeeding.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Zymar Eye Drops (gatifloxacin) may include:

  • mild itching, burning, redness, or irritation;
  • watery eyes; or
  • puffy eyelids.

The above side effects should not alarm you.

Serious side effects of Zymar Eye Drops (gatifloxacin) may include:

  • eye swelling, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage (may be signs of a new infection); or
  • any new or worsening eye problems.

If you have any of the above side effects or signs of complications, 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.

FAQs

What should I avoid while using Zymar Eye Drops?

You should avoid wearing contact lenses while you still have symptoms of an infection and while applying the eye drops.

What is the average dose for an adult with bacterial conjunctivitis?

During day 1 and 2; apply 1 drop in the affected eye every 2 hours (while awake), up to a maximum of 9 times a day. Day 3-7; apply 1 drop in the affected eye up to 4 times per day.

What if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember or skip it if your next dose is approaching soon. Do not attempt to make up for a missed dose by doubling up on dosages.

How should I store this medication?

Ensure the lid is tightly closed when not in use. Avoid keeping this medication in an area where it risks becoming wet or hot. Keep out of reach of children.