Maxitrol Eye (Neomycin, Polymyxin B, Dexamethasone) is a combination medication that is used to treat eye inflammation caused by uveitis, eye injury, radiation, chemical burns, or certain other conditions. It may also be used when there is a risk of bacterial infection in or around the eye. Maxitrol Eye may also be used for other conditions not listed above. Maxitrol Eye contains 3 medications, neomycin, polymyxin B, and dexamethasone. Neomycin is an antibiotic that belongs to a class of medications called aminoglycosides, which work by stopping the production of proteins that bacteria need to survive. Polymyxin B belongs to a class of medications called bactericidal agents, and works by attacking the outer membrane of bacteria cells, preventing replication and causing cell death. Dexamethasone belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids, and works by interfering with the body's normal immune response, and blocking the release of substances that cause inflammation in the body. Together, these medications can help to reduce inflammation around the eye and prevent infections.
Canadian Pharmacy King currently offers the brand Maxitrol Eye from Canada and the United Kingdom by Alcon. Maxitrol Eye Ointment is available in 3.5 gm tube, and Maxitrol Eye Suspension is available in 5 ml vials. The generic version is not available.
Common side effects of Maxitrol Eye may include blurred vision or mild eye irritation. Contact your doctor immediately if you notice more serious side effects such as:
• A wound that will not heal;
• Blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing Halos around lights;
• Pain behind your eyes, sudden vision changes;
• Swelling, redness, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage ( may be signs of infection)
This is not a complete list of side effects, and others may occur. If any of these side effects worsen or persist, contact your doctor.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to dexamethasone, neomycin, or polymyxin B, or if you have an active fungal or viral infection in your eyes (including herpes simplex). To make sure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had glaucoma, cataracts ( or if you need cataract surgery), or an allergic reaction to a medication like neomycin (such as kanamycin, paromomycin , streptomycin, or gentamicin). It is not known whether this medication will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant to discuss any possible risks. It may not be safe to breastfeed while using this medication. Ask your doctor about any risk . Do not give this medication to a child without medical advice. Do not share this medication with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have. This medication may cause blurred vision and may impair your reactions. Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until you know how this medication will affect you. As Maxitrol Eye is used in the eyes, it is not expected to interact with many other medications. Regardless, tell your doctor about any medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements you are currently taking or have recently taken in order to reduce the risk of any possible interactions. Use this medication for the prescribed length of time. Do not use it in larger or smaller amounts, or for longer than recommended. Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after two days of treatment. If you use this medication for longer than 10 days, you may need frequent vision tests to check the pressure inside your eyes. Store this medication at room temperature. Do not freeze. Keep the tube tightly closed when not in use.
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