Are eye ointments with antibiotics available without a prescription?
In principle, eye ointments containing antibiotics are always only available on prescription. Over-the-counter eye ointments contain other active ingredients which have a calming and disinfecting effect but no antibacterial effect. They are available without prescription in pharmacies, for example. In the pharmacy you will be advised on the appropriate over-the-counter eye ointment. This could also be interesting for you: Euphrasia eye drops
- The Bepanthen eye and nose ointment,
- Posiformin® 2% eye ointment and
- The Euphrasia eye ointment
What are the side effects of eye ointments containing antibiotics?
Depending on the active ingredient, the different eye ointments have different side effects. The information given in the package insert and by the pharmacist and ophthalmologist must be observed. TOBRAMAXIN® eye ointment with the active substance tobramycin has the following side effects: frequently: reddening, burning after application, allergic reactions on the eye occasionally: inflammation of the eye surface, corneal damage, blurred vision, reddening and swelling of the eyelids, pain, itching, dryness, increased lacrimation, also general hypersensitivity, headaches, loss of eyelashes, pigmentation disorders of the skin, itching very rarely: Nerve damage, eczema, wound healing disorder For the Floxal 3mg/g eye ointment with the active ingredient Ofloxacin these side effects are stated: frequently: eye complaints, irritation of the eye rarely: deposits on the cornea very rarely: Hypersensitivity, shortness of breath, hives, reddened and itchy skin Frequency not known Fatigue, odour and taste disturbance, nausea, sensitivity to light, burning in the eye, conjunctival redness, visual disturbance, foreign body sensation, pain, swelling, itching of the eye Few side effects are known for GENTAMICIN POS eye ointment: very rare pupil dilation, hypersensitivity reactions possible other side effects: burning, itching, reddening of the eye and wound healing disorder after corneal injury
- Frequent: redness, burning after application, allergic reactions of the eye
- Occasionally: inflammation of the eye surface, corneal damage, blurred vision, redness and swelling of the eyelids, pain, itching, dryness, increased lacrimation, also general hypersensitivity, headaches, loss of eyelashes, skin pigmentation disorders, itching
- Very rare: nerve damage, eczema, wound healing disorders
- Frequently: eye complaints, irritation of the eye
- Rarely: deposits on the cornea
- Very rare: hypersensitivity, shortness of breath, hives, reddened and itchy skin
- Frequency not known: Fatigue, odour and taste disturbance, nausea, sensitivity to light, burning sensation in the eye, conjunctival redness, visual disturbance, foreign body sensation, pain, swelling, itching of the eye
- Very rare: pupil dilation, hypersensitivity reactions
- Possible other side effects: Burning, itching, reddening of the eye and wound healing disorder after corneal injury
Contraindications for eye ointments with antibiotics
GENTAMICIN POS eye ointment must not be used if you are allergic to its ingredients. Floxal 3mg/g Eye Ointment should not be used in case of allergy to the ingredients and in case of inflammation of the retina or vitreous body. It should also be noted that during treatment with Floxal 3mg/g Eye Ointment the exposure to UV light (sun, solarium) should be reduced. The use of TOBRAMAXIN® eye ointment must be avoided in cases of allergy to the ingredients, in cases of renal insufficiency or sensorineural hearing loss and in cases of myasthenia gravis or Parkinson’s disease. The instructions of the doctor and appothecary as well as the package insert of the medication must be observed.