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Maxitrol (Neomycin/Polymyxin/Dexameth)


Maxitrol (Neomycin/Polymyxin/Dexameth)

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0.1% / 3500 IU / g / 6000 IU / g 3.5 Ointment
0.1% Ointment
0.1% Drop
0.1% / 3500 IU / ml / 6000 IU / ml 5ml Drop

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  • Product Details


    MAXITROL (Neomycin/polymyxin/dexamethasone) is a prescription eye medication that contains a combination of different medications including neomycin, polymyxin, and dexamethasone.

    MAXITROL is prescribed to treat different inflammatory eye conditions. It is effective against bacterial infections and also reduces inflammation, swelling, and redness.


    The MAXITROL dosage will be determined by your doctor. 

    The usual dose is: Instill 1 to 2 drops into the affected eye(s) four to six times daily. For those with severe disease, MAXITROL may be used more often as directed by the prescriber.

    If the symptoms do not improve after two days, tell your doctor.


    The active ingredients in MAXITROL are neomycin, polymyxin, and dexamethasone.

    Neomycin and polymyxin are antibacterial medications. Neomycin works by preventing bacterial cells from replicating. Polymyxin creates holes in bacterial membranes that cause them to leak their contents, killing the bacteria.

    Dexamethasone is a steroid that works by lowering the activity of the immune system. It reduces swelling, redness, and inflammation.


    Do not touch the tip of the eyedropper to the eye or other non-sterile surfaces. The bottle can become contaminated and cause a secondary infection.

    Use MAXITROL as directed by the doctor. Using it for longer than prescribed can increase the risk of glaucoma or increased intraocular pressure.

    Use with caution if you have a history of ocular herpes simplex.

    Do not wear contact lenses while using MAXITROL.


    MAXITROL is not known to interact with other medications because it does not absorb into the bloodstream.

    Side Effects

    Common adverse reactions to MAXITROL include:

    • Glaucoma
    • Headache
    • Hypersensitivity
    • Impairment of wound healing
    • Increased intraocular pressure
    • Optic nerve damage
    • Secondary infection
    • Subcapsular posterior cataract
    • Ulcerative keratitis


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    Frequently Asked Questions about Maxitrol (Neomycin/Polymyxin/Dexameth)

    What is Maxitrol (Neomycin/Polymyxin/Dexameth)?

    Maxitrol is a prescription medication that contains a combination of three active ingredients: Neomycin, Polymyxin B, and Dexamethasone. It is an ophthalmic (eye) suspension used to treat various eye conditions, including bacterial infections and inflammation.

    How does Maxitrol work?

    Maxitrol works in multiple ways. Neomycin and Polymyxin B are antibiotics that help fight bacterial infections in the eye, while Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid that reduces inflammation and relieves eye discomfort.

    What eye conditions can Maxitrol treat?

    Maxitrol is commonly prescribed for conditions such as conjunctivitis (pink eye), blepharitis, and other eye infections that involve bacteria and inflammation. Your healthcare provider will determine if Maxitrol is appropriate for your specific condition.

    Is Maxitrol available over-the-counter (OTC)?

    No, Maxitrol is not available over-the-counter. It is a prescription medication, and you must consult an eye care specialist or healthcare provider to obtain it.

    How should I use Maxitrol eye drops?

    The recommended dosage and frequency of Maxitrol eye drops will be determined by your healthcare provider. Typically, it is applied as 1 to 2 drops in the affected eye(s) every 4 to 6 hours. Follow your provider's instructions carefully.

    Are there any potential side effects of Maxitrol?

    Yes, like all medications, Maxitrol may have side effects. Common side effects can include temporary stinging or burning in the eyes, blurred vision, and increased sensitivity to light. If you experience severe or prolonged side effects, contact your healthcare provider.

    Can I use other eye medications with Maxitrol?

    It's important to inform your healthcare provider about all the eye drops, ointments, or medications you are using. Some eye medications may interact with Maxitrol, so your provider can advise you on the best treatment plan.

    Is it safe to use Maxitrol during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your healthcare provider before using Maxitrol. They will assess the potential risks and benefits and provide guidance on its use during these periods.

    How long should I continue using Maxitrol?

    Follow your healthcare provider's instructions regarding the duration of Maxitrol treatment. It is essential to complete the prescribed course of medication even if your symptoms improve to ensure the infection is fully treated.

    What should I do if I accidentally miss a dose of Maxitrol?

    If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it's close to the time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use extra medication to make up for a missed dose.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 9751

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