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Maxitrol (Neomycin/Polymyxin/Dexameth)


Maxitrol (Neomycin/Polymyxin/Dexameth)

Prescription Required

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.


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


    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.

    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


    Maxitril [package insert]. Fort Worth, TX: Novartis; 2016.

    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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