What interactions occur between eye ointments and antibiotics?
GENTAMICIN POS eye ointment should not be used together with Floxal 3mg/g eye ointment should not be used together with preparations on the eye containing zinc, mercury or lead. TOBRAMAXIN® eye ointment should not be used at the same time as In addition, when taking muscle relaxants together with TOBRAMAXIN® eye ointment, the risk of a neuromuscular blockage must be taken into account
- Amphotericin B,
- Cephalotin and
- Cloxacillin may be used. – Polymyxin B,
- First generation cephalosporins (e.g. cefalotin),
- Cisplatin and
- Etacrynic acid.
Dosage and use of eye ointments with antibiotics
The dosage of the eye ointment depends on the information in the package insert and the instructions of the prescribing doctor. As a rule, one ointment strand of half a cm to one cm corresponds to a single dose. This is applied 2-3 times a day into the binding sac of the eye, avoiding contact of the tube tip with the eye or unwashed hands.
The application should not last longer than 14 days. In the case of TOBRAMAXIN® eye ointment, a 1.5 cm long ointment strand is considered a single dose, which should be applied 3 times a day. In case of infections with Pseudomonas aeruginosa the TOBRAMAXIN® eye ointment can be used every 3 to 4 hours.
May one use eye ointments containing antibiotics during pregnancy and breastfeeding?
Eye ointments containing a combination of antibiotics (often tetracyckine) and glucocorticoid (cortisone) must not be used during pregnancy and lactation. There is too little experience with the use of GENTAMICIN POS eye ointment in pregnant women to make a recommendation. However, it is not to be expected that the active substance will be absorbed into the bloodstream of the mother or even the child.
The same applies to breastfeeding. As the safety of Floxal 3mg/g eye ointment for mother and child during pregnancy and breastfeeding cannot be guaranteed, its use during this period should be avoided. The use of TOBRAMAXIN® eye ointment is not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The obstetrician, pharmacist and gynaecologist can answer further questions about the use of drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Are eye ointments with antibiotics applicable to babies?
The antibiotic moxifloxacin is intended for newborns and azithromycin is intended for use in eye ointments for children over the age of two. The antibiotic group of tetracyclines should be avoided in children under the age of eight years, as this can lead to discoloration of the enamel and disturbances in bone development.
How much does an eye ointment with antibiotics cost?
Since eye ointments with antibiotics are prescribed by the doctor, the health insurance company covers the costs of the medication. The patient’s own contribution is 10% of the price of the medicine, with a minimum of €5 and a maximum of €10. Eye ointments that cost less than 5 € are paid directly by the patient.