Polytrim (Polymyxin B Sulfate / Trimethoprim Sulfate)
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Polymyxin B Sulfate / Trimethoprim Sulfate Information
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- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- While tilting your head back, pull down the lower lid of your eye with your index finger to form a pocket.
- Hold the dropper (tip down) with the other hand, as close to the eye as possible without touching it.
- Brace the remaining fingers of that hand against your face.
- While looking up, gently squeeze the dropper so that a single drop falls into the pocket made by the lower eyelid.
- Remove your index finger from the lower eyelid.
- Close your eye and tip your head down as though looking at the floor.
- Place a finger on the tear duct and apply gentle pressure for 2-3 minutes.
- Replace and tighten the cap on the dropper bottle. Do not wipe or rinse the dropper tip.
- Wash your hands and if necessary your child's hands after instillation to remove any medication.
Before using ophthalmic polymyxin B and trimethoprim,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to polymyxin B, trimethoprim, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in polymyxin B and trimethoprim ophthalmic solution. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had any medical condition.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using ophthalmic polymyxin B and trimethoprim, call your doctor.
- tell your doctor if you wear contact lenses. You should not wear contact lenses while you have symptoms of bacterial conjunctivitis or while you are using eye drops for treatment.
- you should know that bacterial conjunctivitis spreads easily. Wash your hands often, especially after you touch your eyes. When your infection goes away, you should wash or replace any eye makeup, contact lenses, or other objects that touched your infected eye(s).
- eye burning, redness, irritation, or stinging
- eye tearing
- eyelid swelling